Ernes Kanter is once again a target of the Turkishgovernment.
Earlier this June Kanters father was arrested in response tohis political views against PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan of turkey. Ernes Kanter has shown support for Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Islamic cleric whoErdogan blamed for orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016. Kanter and his family have both disowned eachother over their opposing political views, Kanter even went as far to say thathe would sacrifice his “mother, father ,and his whole family for gulen’s sake” to show how strongly he opposes Erdogan. Theyhave not spoken for more than a year. Being a highly profiled athlete from turkey anIstanbul-based prosecutor pointed to the 25-year-old’s social media account asevidence to issue an arrest warrant for supporting Fethulla Gulen.
Kantar was arrested in May in a Romanianairport after having his passport canceled by the Turkish government. Kanterwas able to return home to New York thanks to The Department of homelandsecurity and NBA Officials. The Turkish government is now looking tosentence kanter for four years for his critiques calling the president “theHitler of our Century who stages fake coups to genocide his opponents”.
The chances of Kanter being Extradited are notlikely.