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Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Enes Kanter for “praise of a terrorist organization.”



Just when we thought Enes Kanter’s wild week had come to a peaceful end, his tough situation with Turkey has apparently just begun…

After being detained at a Romanian airport last week after his passport was cancelled mid-flight, Kanter eventually found his way back to the United States safe and sound.

Now, word out of local Turkish newspapers is that there is a warrant out for Kanter’s arrest, accusing the OKC Thunder big man of being a member of a terrorist organization.

Uh…. what?

According to this Yahoo article, the Turkish government feels Kanter’s association with Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen means he supports an armed terrorist group named Fethullah Terrorist Organisation.

Gulen has adamantly denied the existence of said group.

Kanter allegedly used an encrypted messaging app called Bylock, which the Turkish government believes was created for Gulen supporters. They also believe several of his social media accounts indicate he “praises” the terrorist group.

Kanter’s response?

“You cannot catch me. Hahaha,” he said on Twitter. “Don’t waste your energy. I am already going to come to (Turkey) to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”

During his detainment at the Romanian airport last week, Kanter compared Turkish president Erdogan to Adolf Hilter, and his dislike for the man doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Once again, #FreeEnes.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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28 Comments for Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Enes Kanter for “praise of a terrorist organization.”

  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:09 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Yeaaaaaaaah…….if I’m Kanter, I’m not going anywhere near Turkey.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:11 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Indeed…I wouldn’t even have a turkey sandwich if I was him.

    • ukkatzfan
      1:52 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      I think in support of Enes we should all eat turkey for dinner on a random date. Lets make it the last Thursday in November. Spread the word !!! This in support of and thankfulness for Enes.

    • J-Dub421
      12:12 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      You aren’t Kanter, and you still shouldn’t go anywhere near Turkey.

    • 8xchamp
      12:20 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Amen to that

  2. Mathlete
    12:13 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    As much as we complain about how messed up things get in this country (regardless of who’s in charge), it’s never as bad as it is in other countries like Turkey, Brazil, Afghanistan, or other places that we wouldn’t even recognize as being on the same planet

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:28 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      And we should all be thankful for that, while persevering to make sure we never become like those places. A wise man once said that freedom is always only one generation away from extinction.

    • Mathlete
      12:37 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink


    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      12:52 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Imagine being in North Korea where youre a slave and everything’s set up to keep you a slave. They dont even have internet, its all censored to a few websites, so no one even knows theyre a slave, its just the way of life. We have it easyyyyyyy. Someone slips up everyone has a camera and the internet will eventually spill the beans.

    • UK Fan
      1:03 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Very True..put politics aside…Turkey Dictators GOONS beat up 9 American protesters on US soil…and NOTHING said from WH or the hill on either side…oh..and this was AFTER the visit to the Oval office. You may “laugh” at a Senate hearing & go to jail for a yr, but Beat up a Reporter & everyone has a bad day. Its not D or R…it’s America…it’s civility…it’s democracy that is eroding away day by day. Until we learn & practice this …Make America Great Again under any President will not happen.

    • Mc12
      3:02 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with UK Fan. It’s sort of like the whole birddogging fiasco and having people instigate fights to make one side look bad.

      With politicians, the media, late night talk show hosts, etc. if they are polarizing/divisive they win and everyone else loses. That’s why the rise in identity politics and an overly PC culture is great fuel to keep that going.

      The fact is the majority of citizens are good people. The extreme left and right get a bulk of the airtime. The media needs ratings so polarization is great. Politicians want to keep us divided and keep a 2 party system and they can essentially get away with anything. Supporters can argue back and forth and have hypocritical fake outrage, and turn a blind eye to their party for similar actions. It’s sort of like the Ray Rice incident. He punches a woman in the face, on video, and has Baltimore Ravens’ women fan fans cheering him on. Strange.

    • Eazy
      5:53 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      I agree, but Brazil isn’t nearly as bad as the others. They have a lot of problems but also some very beautiful women and scenery. The people there are friendly too. It’s just there is a vast difference between the rich and the poor. Kind of like Mexico…but a little better.

  3. pancakesfordinner
    12:44 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    If Russia attacked Turkey from behind, do you think Greece would help?

  4. 2Dogs
    1:18 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Anybody want to go in halvsies on a timeshare in Istanbul?

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    1:33 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    I know absolutely nothing about this issue in Turkey, but I do know that it’s rarely a good idea to poke the bear, especially when that is taking a risk and you get nothing but personal satisfaction for that risk. The ROI is not worth it.

  6. KYcats11
    1:33 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    I haven’t rely researched the turkish government situation. So is Kanter supporting what we call in the US a good thing, government, chance, etc. Or a bad thing.

    • J-Dub421
      2:19 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Turkey is currently ruled by an evil authoritarian dictator who is falsely accusing Kanter of being a terrorist (he’s not), and revoked his passport and tried to have him extradited to Turkey to be arrested and thrown in jail (while he was travelling and doing charitable work) because he dared to speak out against said corrupt government.

  7. jayiron11
    1:34 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    I like Kanter. Big fan. Although I don’t like & disagree with his political beliefs, I hope he tones it down with Turkey. He may be the UnderKanter & all, but it’s not advisable to agitate a Governing Body like the nation of Turkey.
    I empathize with his situation. Growing up in Turkey was probably a lot tougher than growing up in rural Appalachia. I’m sure his personal experiences have shaped his poltical views & dislike of Turkey’s government, but he shouldn’t be agitating them.
    You live in America now Kanter. I’m not saying to let it go, but he should probably keep his opinions off social media. At this point agitating a government that’s alleging you have ties to a terrorist organization (substantiated or unsubstantiated) is just asking for trouble.

    • ukcamel
      1:54 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      He probably feels a sense of responsibility, being one of the only well-known Turks in the U.S.

    • KTR2786
      2:13 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Well Jay if everyone had your attitude, justice would be delayed even longer and nothing would change.

    • natertatter
      2:16 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink


    • kvltclassic
      2:54 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Uhhhhhhh yeah he lives in America right now but he is a Turkish citizen. So I think he should still be concerned.

  8. KTR2786
    2:12 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    If “praising a terrorist organization” was an actual crime, most of the Democrats would be in prison for their comments on the Black Lives Matter group.

    • natertatter
      2:14 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      you are a POS…..

    • natertatter
      2:29 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink


    • KTR2786
      2:36 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Uh oh, I think Nater is triggered. Maybe you didn’t get the joke; I’m saying BLM should be labelled a terrorist group. LOL, don’t melt.

  9. natertatter
    2:13 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    erdogan supports isis and is a islamic dictator…hes no friend to the u.s., time for the united states to call this POS out for what he is….hes murdering kurds everyday and the kurds are the main ground force fighting isis on the u.s. behalf…..he let every foreign fighter that are fighting for isis in syria and iraq cross there through turkey………erdogan is scum of the earth ……you are a good man enes kanter….bbn has your back bro…..

    • DelrayCat
      3:57 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Ergogan does have one very important friend, disgraced Trump-bot Michael Flynn, who was a foreign agent for Turkey. In fact, Flynn and Jared Kushner, Trump son-in-law, secretly met with Turkish officials to try to kidnap that cleric Kanter supports so he could be secretly given back to Turkey.