Enes Kanter is back in the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport when the Turkish government canceled his passport. Kanter said the cancellation was because of his outspoken political beliefs against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey. After Kanter returned to the United States, he held a press conference where he explained what happened -- and his story is pretty wild.
Kanter revealed that the only reason he was even in Romania was because he was escaping police officers in Indonesia that the Turkish government had sent after him. Once he escaped the country he eventually found his way to Romania, where his passport was cancelled. CBS Sports' Bill Reiter sat down with Kanter to discuss everything that happened. Check out a full interview with Kanter from CBS Sports Radio's Tiki And Tierney Show here.
Everything started for Kanter early in the morning after he was woken in his hotel room.
"Around 2:30 something my manager knocked on my door and then I opened it and he's like we need to talk. I was like okay and then I went to his room. Start talking and he's like we have a problem. I said what's the problem? He said Turkish government or embassy called Indonesia and said Enes Kanter's there and he's a dangerous man and we need to talk to him. And they sent the secret service and the army to the school I just had a basketball clinic with."
Kanter immediately knew it was bad from what's happened to friends of his in different countries. However, he was able to get out of the country quickly after what happened before reaching Romania and discovering his passport had been cancelled.
"I have friends in Malaysia that were getting kidnapped and deported back to Turkey. If they deport [me] back to Turkey it will be ugly. So that's why I was talking to my manager like what should we do? And he was like okay, we need to leave the country."
"We look at the flights. The first flight was Singapore at 5:30 AM so we kinda escaped the country. At 5:30 and when the plane took off I was like, thank God. Then we went to Singapore hung out there for a couple hours, whatever, then went to Romania and that's where all the craziness started."
Kanter eventually made his way to London, where he was able to get on a flight to the United States. Once he reached the U.S. Kanter said he planned on applying for U.S. citizenship.