The Turkish government is seeking an international arrest warrant for Knicks star Enes Kanter as prosecutors are accusing him of being a member of a “terror organization,” according to multiple reports.
According to ESPN, which cites Sabah newspaper, the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. The request is a result of Kanter’s connection to Fethullah Gulen, who has been blamed for a failed coup in 2016.
Kanter responded to the report on Twitter on Wednesday, as he wrote, in part: “Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. I don’t even have a parking ticket in the US (True). I have always been a law-abiding resident.”
Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. 🤷♂️
I don’t even have a parking ticket in the US 😂 (True)
I have always been a law-abiding resident. 😇 https://t.co/DxLgvFcTST
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 16, 2019
Earlier this month, Kanter revealed he would not travel with the team to London out of fear for his safety in regards to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two have been in a dispute in recent years stemming from the player’s outspoken support of Gulen, who is based in the U.S. but who Erdogan accuses of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow Erdogan’s government. Gulen denies the accusation, but the failed coup attempt reportedly has led to thousands being punished in Turkey.
Kanter’s Turkish passport was canceled in 2017 and he was held for a time at a Romania airport before returning to the U.S. as part of the fallout.