Knicks cen­ter, fear­ing as­sas­si­na­tion, to skip trip

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports -

New York cen­ter Enes Kan­ter will not travel to Lon­don for the Knicks’ up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional game be­cause he be­lieves he could be as­sas­si­nated for his op­po­si­tion to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Kan­ter an­nounced his plan Fri­day night af­ter a 119-112 win over the Lak­ers. The Knicks later said Kan­ter also won’t make the trip be­cause of a visa is­sue.

New York will face Wash­ing­ton at The O2 arena in Lon­don on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel any­where ex­cept the U.S. and Canada be­cause “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”

“Sadly, I’m not go­ing be­cause of that freak­ing lu­natic, the Turk­ish pres­i­dent,” Kan­ter said.

Kan­ter has been a vo­cal critic of Er­do­gan for years, once re­fer­ring to him as “the Hitler of our cen­tury.” Kan­ter’s Turk­ish pass­port was re­voked in 2017, and an in­ter­na­tional war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued by Tur­key. Kan­ter is a fol­lower of a U.S.based Turk­ish cleric ac­cused by Tur­key’s gov­ern­ment of mas­ter­mind­ing a failed mil­i­tary coup in 2016.

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