• Thunder's Kanter plans New York news conference after detainment in Romania

    By: Greg Brown


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • OKC Thunder's Enes Kanter was reportedly held at a Romanian airport.
    • Kanter says the government canceled his passport due to his political views.
    • In a Twitter video, the 25-year-old Thunder center criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
    • Kanter followed Saturday afternoon with a tweet saying all is good and that he will give a press conference Sunday in New York.


    An Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star is free again after he says the Turkish government reportedly canceled his passport.

    Thunder center Enes Kanter posted a video on Twitter Saturday morning saying he was being held at a Romanian airport by police.

    Kanter, the son of Turkish nationals, claimed the Turkish government canceled his passport over his political views.

    Kanter went on to call Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the "Hitler of our century," referencing a recent visit to the U.S. in which Turkish presidential guards were caught on video violently breaking up a protest in Washington, D.C.

    He addressed the situation in a press conference: 

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    The guards were held briefly and then released after the Washington, D.C. incident, prompting outcry from many across the country.

    Kanter concluded the video by promising updates and asking for prayers.


    Saturday afternoon, Kanter posted another picture to Twitter saying all is good and that he plans to give more details in a press conference Sunday in New York.



    According to the NBA, the 25-year-old has been with the Thunder since 2014. Before that, he played for the Utah Jazz. He had previously played for the Turkish national team.

    Kanter was the only Thunder player to appear in all 82 regular season games in the 2015-2016 season.

    In March, Kanter and teammate Steven Adams caught the attention of web users after they appeared in a video talking about their mustaches and calling Russell Westbrook "King of the Prairie."

    According to Twitter, Saturday was also Kanter's birthday.

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