Enes Kanter Says He’s Receiving Death Threats Daily After Having Passport Revoked By Turkish “President”



Though the season is over for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Enes Kanter has been the subject of a lot of headlines lately. He was detained in the Romanian airport after Turkish officials revoked his passport in response to criticisms Kanter made of Recep Erdoğan, the President of Turkey.

In the days since, Kanter says he’s received death threats from people loyal to Erdoğan’s administration. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Kanter relayed the whole incident:

“I was sleeping around 2:30 or something and my manager knocked on my door. He said the Secret Service and the Indonesian army were looking for me because the Turkish government told them I was a dangerous man.”

“We didn’t know what we had to do. We escaped the country and went to Singapore, then we came to Romania.”

“I’m getting death threats almost every day, still. I believe when I leave this set, when I leave this room, I’m going to keep getting death threats, but you know what? I stand by what I believe.”

It’s a difficult situation for Kanter, who’s life has been endangered for expressing political opinions critical of his government. But still, he stands by those statements and this situation really only serves to prove his point:

“Of course, it’s tough. But I stand by what I believe. I want to be the voice for those innocent people. And I believe what I’m doing is right.”

“I love my country. One day I definitely want to go back to my country, but right now my life is in danger, my family’s life is in danger. I can’t communicate with my family because if they knew they communicated with me, they’ll be in jail.”

The Thunder and the NBA worked in conjunction with the State Department to help Kanter during his detention in Romania.

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