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.