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Enes Kanter is two years away from becoming an American citizen, considering name change

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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.

So with that, what are your suggestions, BBN?

I’m going with Benny Snell III.

Here is the entire clip:

Go Cats.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Enes Kanter is two years away from becoming an American citizen, considering name change



  1. FakeDickeyV
    11:29 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Hank, Bill, Dale…



    • jr_hopkins
      11:36 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

      KAHN: Oh, yeah, you right. I always feel comfortable everywhere I go. You know, my original name is Smith. I just change it to Souphanousinphone when I move to Texas!



    • bluehue
      1:44 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      Dennis Lanter



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:35 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Billy Joe Jim-bob Kanter.



  3. UKinIN
    11:37 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Conway Twitty Kanter?



  4. Ridge Runner
    11:37 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Mark William Calaway the second would be awesome.
    ?



  5. stratblend
    11:56 am August 23, 2019 Permalink

    What about William Calaway as a homage to The Undertaker



  6. RealCatsFan
    12:24 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Just straight up: Under Taker.



    • gobble gobble
      12:57 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      Im pretty sure that’d be a trademark copyright offense



  7. Chacosrule
    12:26 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Robert (Bob) Kanter



    • mclarenm8b
      3:27 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      “Little Enis & The Tabletoppers”



  8. Bluebloodtoo
    1:19 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Michael Ballislife Smith. Does is get any more American?



  9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:35 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Ron Mexico.



  10. Megan
    3:02 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    This will fall on a lot of deaf ears, but Eddie.



  11. mclarenm8b
    3:29 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    “Little Enis & The Tabletoppers”



  12. Nutwrap
    5:00 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Enes Underkanter



  13. Goose
    6:21 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Just add a “P” to his first name



  14. bbn606
    7:55 am August 24, 2019 Permalink

    Again the question is, does anyone really care about Enes?