Kan­ter to skip trip, fears for safety

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Nba - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

Fear­ing he might be mur­dered by Turk­ish spies, Enes Kan­ter said he will not travel with the Knicks to London for their reg­u­lar sea­son game against the Wiz­ards on Jan. 17.

Kan­ter, a wanted crim­i­nal in Turkey for speak­ing out against the coun­try’s pres­i­dent, also had his passport re­voked and can­not fly to Europe.

“I talked to the front of­fice and they said I’m not go­ing be­cause of that freak­ing lu­natic, the Turk­ish pres­i­dent [ Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan],” Kan­ter said. “There’s a chance that I can get killed out there.”

Kan­ter, who is Turk­ish, has been an out­spo­ken critic of the pres­i­dent, once re­fer­ring to him as “the Hitler of our cen­tury.”

Asked about the prob­a­bil­ity of get­ting mur­dered in Europe, Kan­ter said,

“Oh yeah. Easy. They have a lot of spies there. I can be killed eas­ily. It would be a very ugly si­t­u­a­tion.”

In May 2017, Kan­ter was de­tained for sev­eral hours at an air­port in Ro­ma­nia af­ter the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment canceled his travel doc­u­ments.

Later that year, Turkey’s state-run news agency re­ported that pros­e­cu­tors were seek­ing more than four years in jail for Kan­ter on charges that he had in­sulted Er­do­gan on so­cial me­dia.

SATUR­DAY’S GAME

Nuggets 123, Hornets A

110: Nikola Jo­kic scored a sea­son-high 39 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, re­serve Paul Mill­sap added 18 points and West­ern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Den­ver won its 10th in a row at home.

At 26-11, the Nuggets are off to their best NBA start in fran­chise his­tory. This also marks the lat­est they’ve been in first place in the con­fer­ence since March 16, 1977.

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