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Celtics’ Enes Kanter gets threatened at Cambridge Mosque after Friday prayer


Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter can never get peace of mind due to his strife with the Turkish government, especially with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Supporters of the dictator have apparently followed the Celtics center to Boston. On Friday, the Turkish big man was threatened by some of his countrymen, those of which he called “thugs”, at Cambridge Mosque after attending a prayer session.

Kanter posted footage of the scene on his Twitter account:

This situation is just getting crazier.

Kanter has been and continues to be an outspoken critic of Erdogan’s dictatorial ways. This, in turn, has made him an enemy of the Turkish government.

Because of this, Kanter did not travel to London last year when he was still part of the New York Knicks. The Knicks were scheduled to play the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena in London.

However, Kanter opted not to join the team due to safety reasons as he reportedly received a lot of threats. NBA commissioner Adam Silver very supportive of the 6-foot-10 big man’s decision to sit out.

In fact, due to Kanter’s animosity with Erdogan, the Turkish government reportedly arrested his father and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Nevertheless, Kanter continues to stand on his belief.

For the most part, NBA teams that Kanter has played have been supportive of Kanter’s fight against the Turkish dictator. The Celtics now have the responsibility to back their new starting center up.

Boston signed Kanter to a two-year $10-million contract this past summer. The 27-year old will fill in the huge shoes left by All-Star center Al Horford, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in the off-season.