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Enes Kanter’s father disowns him, says he has been hypnotized

Remember about a month ago, when Enes Kanter received death threats on social media for supporting U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen? Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Gülen for the failed military coup that went down in Turkey in early July, and since then, Enes hasn’t back down from his staunch support of Gülen movement, which may have cost him a spot on the Turkish National Team in the European Championships.

Now, it appears it may have cost him his family as well. Yesterday, Kanter’s father Mehmet Kanter disowned his son for his involvement in the Gülen movement. In a letter, Kanter’s father wrote that he believes his son has been hypnotized by the Gülenist Terror Organization [FETÖ], and apologized to the Turkish president and people for his behavior.

“I warned Enes before but he didn’t stop writing tweets against our president and the Turkish nation. As the Kanter family, we didn’t support his disrespectful sayings. Me and the Kanter family are disowning Enes. We want him to change his surname immediately. We want to say sorry to our president and to the Turkish nation for having a son like that.”

The elder Kanter told the Daily Sabah he hasn’t been able to communicate with Enes since 2015, and he regrets taking him to the US, where his basketball talent was discovered.

“I would not have taken Enes to the U.S. for the basketball camp where his talent was discovered had I known that it would come to this point.”

As the Daily Sabah notes, Enes has been very active in his support of Gülen on social media, even tweeting that he would sacrifice his mother, father, and whole family for Gülen’s sake.

For more on this bizarre story, follow the link below:

[Gülenist NBA player Kanter disowned by family for ties with FETÖ]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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33 Comments for Enes Kanter’s father disowns him, says he has been hypnotized

  1. Stephen
    1:42 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Free Enes?

  2. WestCoastCat
    1:51 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Dad still lives in Turkey? Erdogan rules Turkey? There’s your answer. Regardless of dad’s true feelings or the relationship between him and Enes, he had to say these things or face the consequences of his son’s actions. Bitch all you want about Trump and Hillary, it beats the shit out of living under a truly oppressive regime.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      2:04 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      What ^ they^ said….

  3. fireants25
    1:59 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    This is ashame and feel sorry for Enes. Totally agree with everything westcoastcat said…you’re dead on my friend…im grateful I live and am front America that’s for sure.

  4. UKMKG
    2:03 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    We should all be proud of Enes for standing up against a murderous Islamic regime. The recent coup was the only hope for Turkey to avoid falling into the abyss of Sharia law.

    Enes is standing up for what is right even though it has cost him his family. He has our prayers that he would be a catalyst for change in his country.

    • inside info2
      2:11 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Sadly, this is true. Another middle eastern country taken over by the 10% fringe militant Muslims instead of the majority that are secular and want peace and moderation. Thank you to our President Obama that repeatedly allows this to happen. This movement across the middle east will have repercussions for decades, if not generations and will be very hard to reverse for any future President or the people of the countries affected.

    • J-Dub421
      2:18 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      How the heck is Turkey’s government Obama’s fault? Let’s try choose the presidents for every other country and see how that works out.

    • J-Dub, this will shed some light on things:

      The current government there may not be Obama’s doings, but he and Kerry opposed the coup.

    • theSkinny81
      2:34 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Hahah. Fox News……

    • Bluebros
      2:41 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Ha, Bush stirs the turd and causes a collapse in the middle east by invading Iraq to rid the world of Saddam’s WMD but… Republicans live in a world without reality. Surely Trump will fix this mess #ThanksObama

    • J-Dub421
      2:43 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      I am all for democracy, but trying to influence other countries governments 30+ years ago started this whole mess in the first place. If you think we should support Turkey’s coup, then should we support a coup in North Korea? Or how about Russia? Where does it end? Do you want other countries trying to start coups in the US?

    • dcgirl
      2:52 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Haha — nothing like a geo-political debate on KSR. If you want to educate yourself, turn off FOX and head over to the BBC, the Economist, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times.

    • whatwasthat
      2:56 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      J-Dub, that’s exactly what Obummer tried to do in Syria, Libya, and Egypt, where have you been and by the way how is that working out. In Syria it was because VP Biden’s son wanted to run a pipeline through Syria from Qatar, Assad said no and presto CIA sponsored civil war. In Lybia Qaddafi want to be paid in gold for his country’s oil and not dollars, presto CIA sponsored civil war. Egypt, who knows, just another dumb decision to replace Mubarak as was Bush’s to replace Saddam. Fox News rules, the only non-communist televised news left in America, where is Joe McCarthy when you need him.

    • inside info2
      3:02 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      whatwasthat beat me to a reply. What he said.

      If Obama had done the right thing and left troops in Iraq, instead of doing the popular thing and pulled them out, then the LARGE MAJORITY of this mess in the middle east wouldn’t be happening on the scale it currently is. You can argue Bush shouldn’t have gotten us in the mess in the first place, but Obama and his administration (Hillary Clinton had a hand in this) exacerbated the situation tremendously.

    • BobZombie
      3:15 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      The Economist is as liberal as Fox News is Conservative. Get real.

    • whatwasthat
      3:23 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      After you win the war, even if it was a bad decision to begin with, you certainly don’t withdrawal the troops to create a vacuum for terrorists. America should have had a standing army in Iraq to ensure our interest were protected. By the way J-Dub after the defeat of Germany, we still have troops there to protect American interest. After the defeat of Empire of Japan, we still have troops there to again protect American interest. The real problem is most Librals hate America, truly hate, everything about our country.
      Sadly I’m afraid Turkey will be the next base of radical Islam and the desire of those radicals to recreate the Ottoman Empire. Hoping Kanter’s family is able to make it out of that cesspool.

    • J-Dub421
      4:45 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      You like Joe McCarthy? The sadist who trampled people’s civil rights without any shred of evidence? Burn the witches! Yeah the Japanese just love having American soldiers raping people in their country.

    • whatwasthat
      5:08 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Yes I like MCCarthy J-Dub, there is no place in a democratic republics for communism, none at all. While we have looked the other way for decades at these kooks, it has become serious with the takeover of the Democratic Party by these same said kooks. No proof, that’s laughable, the Hollywood elite were and are card carrying comrades and continue to push their perverse ideas on the American people through their films. Hollywood is very good at propaganda, our government used their services during the great wars and they have become masters at pushing their socialist agenda. Rape, terrible human behavior, same low common denominator you liberals yell at everything, the big one being the reason you liberals believe in the murder of the unborn.

    • bluesyCat
      10:53 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      ummm Obama had to support Erdogan against the coup because Erdogan is a democratically elected leader of a nation we count on as our ally. If they supported the coup and it failed (like it did) they would immediately lose all credibility with our allies across the globe as well as invite a declaration of war from one of the more powerful armies in that region. We have A LOT of our own military and government people on bases in Turkey who would have been imprisoned or killed right away. Not only that but we would push Turkey into favor with Russia and islamists etc..Some of y’all are seriously out of touch, *cough cough Fox News. Obama did the right thing here.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:20 am August 9, 2016 Permalink

      In Turkey, the military is secular and (relatively moderate). They are traditionally the safeguard against extremism and the sole reason Turkey is not another Iran. That doesn’t make for perfect democracy, but it at least has kept the people more free than those in other Islamic states. Erdogan is moving hard toward fundamentalism, and this move to fraudulently claim a coup just so he could execute 30,000 secular leaders in the military does not bode well. It probably means Erdogan is going to become more demonstratively extremist in the near future, and he wanted to preemptively remove those who would rise up against him.

  5. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    2:15 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    I guess he would be beheaded if he didn’t disown him. Hope Turkey doesn’t get a free pass for radicalizing itself.

  6. eyebleedblue
    2:47 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Radical Islam is growing. We are likely to have another 4 years of a spineless POTUS to stand idly by and watch it spread, but so long as men can use women’s restrooms and vice versa or 6 month old fetuses can be butchered, we are making progress, amirite? The only people the leftists in this country have the spine to stand up to are male Christians.

    • ukbradstith
      2:53 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Can’t really argue with that ^^

    • dcgirl
      2:54 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      You are obviously an expert on Turkey and Islam :-/

  7. ronzo
    3:01 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Getting back to more important issues. What happened to the podcast, again?

  8. Sentient Third Eye
    3:15 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Since there’s no longer a blood relation between Enes and his father, then the NCAA was DOUBLY wrong for not letting him play. The guy who actually took the cash isn’t even a family member anymore!

    • inside info2
      3:27 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink



    • krscat
      4:30 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      excellent application of logic STE 🙂

  9. Sentient Third Eye
    4:27 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    Traditionally, the military in Turkey has been a protector against extremist government. Not that they were always the nicest guys around, but at least they weren’t Islamic radicals, and they would actively step in to overthrow any government that became too controlled by jihad. Now that safeguard is been largely neutralized by the recent purge, and there’s little hope for reform in the Turkish government.

  10. Sarahvah
    6:43 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

    There’s a lot of really really bad political opinions in this thread. Some uninformed, some flat out wrong, and some who are just too far gone to help.

    • catdaddyd
      7:00 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      Not everyone can be as smart as you.

    • Luether
      7:44 pm August 8, 2016 Permalink

      But only you know best. Right?

      You must be a Democrat…

  11. kuhlkat
    2:41 am August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Eyebleedblue….best comments yet