Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA star Enes Kanter has been receiving death threats since Friday after the failed military coup in Turkey.
The 24 years old forward displayed several screenshots of death threats that he received on twitter. This is in response to his support of exiled Muslim Cleric Fethullah Gülen. The said screenshots were written in Turkish which include phrases such as, “You will dies soon.”
“Death threats continue to fall,” Kanter posted on Twitter, in Turkish. “Prayer does not stand still.”
On Friday, a military group launched a failed attempt coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime. This incident resulted in 290 deaths and over 1,400 injuries, according to Gul Tuysuz and Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN.
Kanter insisted his contradiction against the Turkish government back in March, after a terrorist bombing in Ankara which killed 37 people and injured more than 100. Kanter also speaks out in contrary in the country’s impassable access to social media and the restricted broadcast media coverage.
Due to his political opinions, the 6-foot and 11-inches believed these are the reason why he is consistently not included in the Turkish national team. The national team head coach Ergin Ataman denied the allegations that politics played into the decision to excluding him from the roster.
Oklahoma City Thunder Enes Kanter is now entering his sixth NBA season. He averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season. Basketball analyst believed that Kanter will play a huge role in the upcoming season after losing of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka who is now with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic, respectively. Kanter is the former third overall pick of Utah Jazz before going to the Thunders.
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