Enes Kanter’s offseason travels around the world hit a roadblock in Romania. The former Kentucky big man shared this message with his followers.
I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54
– Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
Kanter’s opposition to the Turkish government and president, who he so lovingly referred to as “the Hitler of our century,” has put him in a pickle. It’s already put him between his family. Kanter’s father disowned him for his beliefs last August. Now he’s stuck in an airport without a valid passport.
Through it all, Enes still has a smile on his face.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
In the video Enes shared with the world, he used phrases like “canceled my passport” and “deportation.” The ambiguous allegations provided little detail, but now we have some clarity.
According to Mahir Zeyalov, a journalist who covers Turkey, the country has revoked his passport. He faces deportation to Turkey where he will likely be arrested.
Back home, Kanter’s assistant told Brett Dawson he’s “pretty optimistic” about Kanter’s chances of returning to the United States.