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Enes Kanter is in Trouble at a Romanian Airport

Enes Kanter’s offseason travels around the world hit a roadblock in Romania.  The former Kentucky big man shared this message with his followers.

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.



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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Enes Kanter is in Trouble at a Romanian Airport

  1. runningunnin.454
    11:57 am May 20, 2017 Permalink

    We sometimes take for granted the many freedoms we enjoy here; many countries do not abide freedom of speech, and criticism of those in power.
    Arrest should be the least of his worries if returned to Turkey; Enes should stay in the U.S.

  2. D0nc0smic
    12:14 pm May 20, 2017 Permalink

    No real surprise when the guy responsible for this is also the same man who ordered his body guards to visciously beat US citizens protesting him in DC a few days ago.

  3. wesmorgan1
    1:11 pm May 20, 2017 Permalink

    Hmmm…I wonder if Kanter might apply for asylum in the US. He’s obviously facing political persecution, he’s a high-profile professional athlete with solid connections in the US, and he has no history of legal/criminal problems in the US (as far as I know).

    This could get REALLY interesting on the political front.

  4. Cals Hoverboard
    1:20 pm May 20, 2017 Permalink

    COME ON BBN ! Lets start up our “Free Enes” campaign again. This time, it’s for real !

  5. bhb71
    2:28 pm May 20, 2017 Permalink

    According to NYT, Enes has now been freed. If only #FreeEnes 1.0 went as well as #FreeEnes 2.0…