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Enes Kanter’s father sentenced to 15 years in Turkish prison



Former Kentucky center Enes Kanter has always been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He onced called him the Hitler of this century.

That criticism only grew larger when he was detained in Romania in May of 2017 after his passport was “canceled” by the Turkish embassy.

Just a week later, Kanter was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Turkey.

Though Kanter is in the United States and wouldn’t dare return home, his family is in trouble back home. They had to disavow their son and his beliefs to try and get on Erdogan’s good side, and even that wasn’t enough. Now, the Turkish dictator has sentenced Kanter’s father, Mehmet, to 15 years in prison for “membership in a terror group.”

The New York Knicks center posted the following video on Twitter in response to the sentencing:

“Keep my family, innocent people, in your prayers,” he said.

Kanter has declared himself “country-less,” hoping to eventually become a citizen of the United States.

“Right now I am country-less,” Kanter said, according to “I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen.”

Unfortunately for Kanter, there isn’t much he can do when it comes to his father. If he tries to help, the Turkish government will likely arrest and torture the former Wildcat.

Sad, sad news.

[NBC Sports]

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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17 Comments for Enes Kanter’s father sentenced to 15 years in Turkish prison

  1. Sasquatch
    10:39 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Free Mehmet!

  2. friendsofcoal
    10:45 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Trump will get him released…#MAGA

  3. Luether
    11:56 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Allahu Akbar …

  4. jonthes
    12:09 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Trump is a supporter of this despot, among many others. And of the same character.

  5. friendsofcoal
    12:21 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Better character the HRC! Lol…#MAGA

    • katfan33
      4:51 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Still talking about HRC… typical trumper

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:30 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      We would stop talking about Hillary if Hillary would stop talking about Hillary.

    • katfan33
      10:26 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Why is Hillary talking about Hillary any concern to you? She’s irrelevant and has been for a while.

  6. runningunnin.454
    5:51 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Never take living in the USA for granted.

    • CatManDo
      6:17 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. I could care less what political side you are on but when someone says/tweets “not my country/president”, you should remember what others face.

    • WV Wildcat
      9:26 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      The problem is that strongmen dictators like Erdogan are the type of leaders that our president idolizes. It’s our responsibility as Americans to make sure that our leaders, no matter the party, respect the rule of law. It makes me very uncomfortable to hear our president talk about throwing political opponents and journalists who are critical of him into jail. That is the type of behavior the we all, as Americans, need to be vigilant against to protect our democracy and our freedom.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      10:09 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Respect rule of law, such as immigration that democrats for some reason wants to overlook and play sympathy cards by posting pics of children being separated by people crossing illegally? Guess what if a person in the US commits a crime (crossing illegally is a crime) the parents are locked up and if no one is there to take the kids, they Are taken in by the state until parents are released. I don’t see anyone posting pics of all the foster cares in the US, but that doesn’t fit the agenda

    • katfan33
      10:29 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

      I’m a Democrat and I think everyone should follow the law even if I don’t agree with the law. But there is such thing as showing empathy towards humans. Absolutely NO reason to separate children from their parents. This isn’t for debate, this is just the truth.

  7. rickshelton
    9:21 am June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Illustrates how insignificant the NFL “take a knee” protests are in comparison to actual problems many face around the world. With all its flaws America is still the greatest country on earth.