Enes Kanter reportedly facing four years in prison for insulting president of Turkey
Kanter is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of tweets from 2016
Things came to a boil over the summer, when the Turkish government, to which he replied on Twitter (translated from Turkish), "You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don't waste your energy. I am already going to come to [Turkey] to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces."
Now Turkey's state-run news agency, Andalou Agency, says that the country is seeking more than four years in prison for Kanter on charges of insulting the president. Via AP:
Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.
Kanter, who is in the United States, would be tried in absentia.
Kanter, who grew up in Turkey, is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year's failed military coup.
In his first season with the Knicks, Kanter is averaging 13.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Rose says 'The Klaw' did enough in one year to deserve the honor
Team USA is reshuffling its roster quite a bit after big names keep pulling out this summe...
Team USA got its first test against outside competition Friday night and comes away with a...
Team USA's next exhibition game leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China will be on Aug. 22...
Team USA's roster has undergone constant change in the previous weeks
The NBA world is reeling after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL