Knicks’ Enes Kanter reacts to poster with fellow Turkish players
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter has a known feud with the Turkish government after speaking his mind against the present administration in his native country.
Enes Kanter is a known supporter of the exiled Hizment Movement leader, Fethullah Gulen, who was named a “persona non grata” in Turkey. He made a buzz after the failed 2016 Turkish coup, openly criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter.
A new poster was released by NBA Europe on their Instagram account featuring prominent NBA players from Turkey, namely Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz, Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Cedi Osman. It can be noticed, however, that it lacked one person.
NBA Europe seemingly omitted Kanter on the poster, and the 6-foot-11 center assumed it was because of his stance on the Turkish government. This prompted Kanter to rip the league and called them “scared little rats.”
NBA Europe, however, quickly responded and corrected their mistake by posting a new poster that now includes Kanter.
The 26-year-old big man took the second version of the poster and reposted it on his Twitter account with the caption “apology accepted.”
Apology Accepted. pic.twitter.com/LHOtcLPPGz
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) December 3, 2018
Now with his third team in the league, Kanter continues to deliver with the Knicks. He is averaging 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season. In eight seasons in the NBA though, he has yet to be named as an All-Star.