Enes Kanter gained’t be intimidated — by NBA stars or the Turkish authorities.
Turkey’s state-run information company Anadolu Company mentioned prosecutors are searching for greater than 4 years in jail for the Knicks cenon prices of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“4 years? That is it?” Kanter mentioned at Knicks apply Wednesday morning. “For all the trash I have been speaking?”
Kanter is a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, who’s blamed by Turkey for final yr’s failed navy coup. He took jabs on the president in a sequence of tweets in Could and June 2016.
Whereas taking part in for the Thunder, Kanter was detained in Romania on Could 20 as a result of his Turkish passport was canceled. He mentioned he was lastly capable of return to america after American officers intervened, including that there was a warrant out for his arrest.
In a video from the airport, referred to as Erdogan a “dictator” and “the Hitler of our century.”
On Wednesday, Kanter — who’s praying “for all these harmless folks in Turkey” — advised the media that he’s “good” and additional motivated to make the playoffs in gentle of the current information.
“I’m a New Yorker now, huh? I imply, in the event you guys settle for me, I’m from right here now,” Kanter mentioned. “I get my (U.S.) passport in two, three years I hope.”
Kanter added: “They hate once I discuss to you guys in entrance of all of those cameras, these microphones. They hate it, however that’s why they’re doing all this. ‘Oh, we’re going to take his dad away, we’re going to place him in jail.’ It doesn’t actually trouble me. (If) we made the playoffs, it would drive him loopy.”
Kanter mentioned Turkey will not even present the Knicks’ video games in Turkey.
“That’s some huge cash they’re shedding. However I feel it’s simply tousled, the stuff in Turkey,” he mentioned. “It’s actually unhappy. I used to be speaking to my supervisor yesterday about it. A few of the shoe firms don’t even wish to give me no deal as a result of they had been scared the deal goes to get lower in Turkey as a result of they’ve obtained million greenback investments in Turkey.”
The Knicks (16-14) face the Celtics at house on Thursday and at present sit eighth within the Japanese Convention standings.