Turkey canceled NBA player's passport, Romanian police say

Turkey canceled NBA player's passport, Romanian police say

The Oklahoma City Thunder center tweeted a video saying he was being held by police at the airport.

Kanter also said he has received numerous death threats - mostly on social media - and that he already had received two death threats Monday.

Enes Kanter has set his sights on becoming an American citizen after being detained in Romania because his passport had been cancelled by the Turkish government.

The six-year National Basketball Association veteran, who has become a high-profile critic of Erdoğan, said his political views prompted the Turkish government to invalidate his passport.

Kanter has always been a critic of Turkish President citRecep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he has likened to Adolf Hitler on multiple occasions. Erdogan blamed Gulen and his supporters for an attempted coup on the Turkish government last July.

"Thank you for all those people who supported me", Kanter said Monday. "Last year, they did a fake coup attempt themselves, so they can control everything". Erdogan's government has drawn worldwide criticism in recent months after a crackdown on political opponents and journalists, despite Turkey's role as a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in the Middle East. "And if they sent me back to Turkey, there's a chance you guys wouldn't have heard a word from me the second day".

"There's no democracy. There's no freedom of speech, freedom of religion. He's the Hitler of our century", Kanter said. "The jails are not fun".

"I have my green card (from) previous year", Kanter said of gaining US citizenship. He had several global trips planned this summer on his foundation's behalf, and he also likely would not be able to enter Canada without the passport - a problem considering Oklahoma City plays once each season in Toronto.

Kanter, who returned to the United States via London after his release by Romanian authorities, said on Monday his worst fear was to be sent against his will to Turkey.

"My colleagues discovered ... that the passport had been canceled by Turkish authorities, and legally he is not allowed to enter Romania", Badila said.

Kanter, the third overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over 72 games this past season for the Thunder, who were ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs. He plans to take steps toward becoming a USA citizen. "I am open to adoption definitely".

Kanter had been on a world tour for his Light Foundation, doing charity events to provide meals and clothes, and had already made stops in a number of countries.

"I'm not even from America, and I see all these people and I get all this support". Kanter's situation couldn't have been much different than the thousands of foreigners who had their visas revoked under the Muslim ban, not to mention the green-card holders who were detained because of confusion under the executive order's implementation. "They've been holding us here for hours by these two police".

"I feel like this is my home now".

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