Turkish player Enes Kanter currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, disowned by his family for his political views against their beliefs.
Enes is a 6-year veteran in the league and has been active lately in sharing his thoughts, mostly on his twitter account. According to Seyma Eraz and Yunus Paksoy of Daily Sabah, Kanter was disowned by his family as shown in the letter written by his father, Mehmet Kanter. Mehmet stated that Enes’ tweets supporting the Gülen Movement, are something to be ashamed of in the family.
Kanter’s father argued that the Gülen movement is a terror organization that his son should not meddle with. He added that Kanter was just hypnotized to join this terror group.
“I apologize to the Turkish people and the president for having such a son,” the older Kanter said in a Reuters report.
The movement was created by Fethullah Gülen. This man has been exiled in America for more than 15 years already. Gülen is being blamed by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of an attempted coup that recently happened in Turkey.
Moreover, NBA player Enes Kanter most recently posted a letter on his twitter page about his family.
He made the title of the letter as “public announcement.” His statements were interpreted by Eurohoops.net. Kanter wrote the letter on his page stating that he recently lost all the members of his family and other relatives.
Enes ended the letter by showing that he changed his last name from “Kanter” to that of “Gülen”. He did this in order to reiterate his alliance with the organization.
Kanter had played collegiately in the United States but started his off-season on the wrong note. He had a decent season last year as he almost averaged a double-double of 12.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. He is not known as a defensive-minded player as he only tallied 0.3 steals per game and 0.4 blocks per game.
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