Celtics’ Enes Kanter opens up about ‘crazy and scary’ incident at local mosque
According to Kanter himself, he was taken aback by what went down, and admitted that he felt threatened by what he considered to be a personal attack:
“It’s the first time [it] happened in America,” Kanter said, via Sherrod Blakeley of NBC Sports Boston . “It was definitely scary. I was looking at Tacko; I said, ‘Tacko, don’t worry, I got you. We’re good. We’re fine.’ We were just waiting for our Uber. It was crazy and scary.”
For those who may have not seen it yet, Kanter posted a video of the incident on his Twitter account, and admittedly, the scenes did look pretty terrifying. It’s actually quite impressive how the 6-foot-11 big man was able to keep himself composed during what was definitely a very tense situation:
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 4, 2019
Below is the full clip of Kanter’s recent interview, wherein he explains what was running through his mind during the incident:
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) October 5, 2019
It is clear to Kanter that this is yet another ploy by the Turkish government in its constant attempt to harass him. The new Celtics recruit has not been shy about his criticism of the dictatorship in his home nation, and the Turkish government is not taking it lightly.
Our biggest takeaway here is that we’re glad Kanter and rookie teammate Tacko Fall were unharmed. Judging by the body language of the attackers, this incident could have very easily gotten ugly and violent.