Faced with countless adversities and legal issues over the last few years, former Kentucky center Enes Kanter is ready to cut all personal ties with his home country of Turkey. In fact, the 27-year-old Boston Celtic says he is now just two years away from becoming an American citizen.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Kanter was asked about his criticism of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the former Wildcat once called him “the Hitler of our century” – and the work he is doing to spread awareness to the ongoing human rights issues in Turkey.
“It’s definitely tough to fight against a dictator, but I definitely have hope,” he said. “I’m trying to be the voice of hopeless, innocent people who don’t have one. It’s definitely important to create awareness about equal rights, democracy, and their freedoms.”
In terms of what he’s doing in an attempt to fix the problem, Kanter said that he has been meeting up with government officials to work out different potential solutions in an attempt to give his loved ones back home the lives he feels they deserve.
“I’m trying to meet up with the senators and congressmen, they’ve been very supportive of me. I’m really just trying to fight for their freedoms,” Kanter said.
As far as Kanter personally, he says he is ready to move forward with his life in America. When asked of the ongoing citizenship process, the former Wildcat said he is just two years away from officially becoming an American citizen.
In fact, Kanter said he is strongly considering a name change to something more American once his citizenship is official.
“I’m actually becoming a U.S. citizen in 2 years,” Kanter said. “I’m actually thinking about adding an American name. I’m still thinking about it, I don’t know yet. I have no idea [what it would be], I don’t know yet.”
After the interview was released, the newest Celtics center took to Twitter to ask the general public for name suggestions.
Any Suggestions? ? https://t.co/kYlRapFCFE
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) August 23, 2019
So with that, what are your suggestions, BBN?
I’m going with Benny Snell III.
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