Gülenist NBA Star Kanter detained in Romania's airport
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 21:59
Thunder center Enes Kanter is now being detained in Romania, due to the fact the Turkish Embassy reportedly revoked his passport.
"We are in Romania, and they said they canceled my passport by Turkish embassy", Kanter, who is from Turkey, said in a Twitter video he posted Saturday at 8:20 a.m. CT.
As he did last summer, Kanter is now traveling the world as part of his Enes Kanter Foundation, which helps provide meals and clothing to those in need worldwide.
Kanter, a center for the Oklahoma City Thunder and citizen of Turkey, was flying from Romania to Indonesia, where he is hosting a basketball camp, when he was detained by two police officers.
Kanter has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the past.
In addition to being heavily critical of Erdogan, Kanter is also a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, a US -based Muslim cleric who Erdogan wants extradited back to Turkey. "He has attacked the people in Washington". He calls Turkish President Erdogan "the Hitler of our century".
"I'll keep you posted, guys". [He is] the president of Turkey.
Kanter remains detained in Romania for the time being with his fate now unclear.
Erdogan alleged Gulen was behind the failed coup attempt last summer.
The Thunder said they are working with the league to gather information. Erdogan was in the US last week, where his security detail clashed with protestors in Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter has never been afraid to speak his mind when it comes to his political views.
As of this writing, Kanter remains detained in Romania. Erdogan's regime blamed Gulen for an attempted coup on the Turkish government in July 2016.