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Enes Kanter’s Father Released from Turkish Prison

Gary A. Vasquez | USA Today

Gary A. Vasquez | USA Today

Enes Kanter’s father is a free man.

Friday morning the former Kentucky Wildcat and current Boston Celtic shared on Twitter that his father has been released after spending seven years in a Turkish prison.

“Wow! I could cry,” Kanter wrote. “Today I found out that 7 years after arresting my dad, taking him through a Kangaroo court and accusing him of being a criminal just because he is my dad.

“MY DAD HAS BEEN RELEASED! This is due to the pressure we have put on the Turkish regime. They no longer could keep him from his freedom because of the spotlight that we all put on this case! However! He is just one person, there are still tens of thousands of people wrongfully in jail in Turkey. I will not forget you, we will not forget you!

“This proves that the voice of the people will always push Dictators to do the right thing in the end.
Don’t be scared to stand for what is right, always and always,
Stand for FREEDOM
Stand for DEMOCRACY
Stand for HUMAN RIGHTS”

Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and that is putting it lightly. The former first round draft pick and NBA star has used his voice to describe Erdogan a dictator, frequently comparing him to Hitler, while spotlighting atrocities committed by the Turkish government.

Erdogan struck back in 2017, canceling Kanter’s passport while he was abroad in an attempt to apprehend and silence him. A man without a country, Kanter left the United States’ borders for the first time since the incident when the Celtics won at Toronto on Christmas Day 2019.

Along with the good news that his father is now out of custody, Kanter revealed this week that he is eligible for United States citizenship in June of 2021.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

12 Comments for Enes Kanter’s Father Released from Turkish Prison



  1. VulcanEar
    5:13 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Yet Trump loves dictators like Erogen and loves concentration camps.



    • nocode96
      5:27 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      That’s because trump is human garbage, and I use the term human loosely.



    • Jambluehue99
      5:56 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Nocode, your comment is complete and total ignorance on display. I guess a pro- American president isn’t welcome in America anymore. I suppose you prefer the weakling Obama who sold us out at every turn and undercut us all over the world, along with the deplorable Hillary.



    • CrystalBall
      6:05 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you, Jambluehue99.



  2. Jambluehue99
    5:23 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    This should remind us of the tyranny we face here in America, at least for those that don’t worship at the alter of political correctness and BLM. We can recognize it and condemn it in Turkey, but not at home. It’s a shame.



    • ready4nineNOW
      9:02 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      The guy did 7 years for his son saying bad stuff about erdogan. Lol at you sir



    • Jambluehue99
      12:20 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Have you not been paying attention to the assault on people unwilling to support BLM? To the cops charged with murder while clearly defending themselves? To athletes having to apologize for being patriotic? You can lol all you want, but it doesn’t change facts. That you are unwilling to recognize what is smack in front of your face is no laughing matter, as there are millions that choose to be as ignorant as you.



  3. CrystalBall
    5:26 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Political Correctness: The disease that is destroying Common Sense.



  4. TPACAT
    8:10 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    No there’s a guy that loves and appreciates this country. We could sue as hell use more of that these days. Will be interesting to see if the BLM-supporting crowd try to intimidate him into kneeling. I bet (hope) Enes resists their calls to disrespect the flag…



  5. madarchitect
    10:06 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    People still talking about “disrespecting the flag” are the exact reason why this movement is not going away.



    • TPACAT
      10:05 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Disrespecting the country? Is that better? Oh, and it’s going away alright. One way or the other…



  6. mcp157
    3:43 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Happy Father’s Day to Enes’s father!