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NBA Star Feuding with Turkish President Fears for His Life, Won’t Travel with His Team

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It is good to see someone finally call out Turkey’s reckless would-be caliph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Enes Kanter is right. Erdogan is indeed a “freaking lunatic.” Benjamin Netanyahu recently called him an “anti-Semitic dictator,” and Netanyahu was right also. Erdogan, like Muslim leaders the world over, always speaks as if he held the moral high ground, regardless of the blood that is on his own hands. But in reality, he ruthlessly oppresses his own people, and is actively re-Islamizing what had been the only secular democracy in the Islamic world. He also has designs on the neighboring countries, wanting to incorporate them into his restored caliphate. Kanter is right to stay as far away as he can from this man.

“NBA Star Feuding with Turkish President Fears for His Life, Won’t Travel with His Team,” The Wildcard, January 5, 2019 (thanks to Mark):

New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.

The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue.

Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17.

He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”

“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said.

“It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win,” he said. “But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job.

“It’s pretty sad.”

Kanter has been a vocal critic of Erdogan for years, once referring to him as “the Hitler of our century.”

His Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and Turkey issued an international warrant for his arrest.

Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey’s government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016.

Kanter said it would be “easy” for an attempt on his life to be made in London.

“They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he said. “I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation.”…

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