Enes Kanter is a well-known critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, views that have landed Kanter in some dangerous situations over the past month. He was and had to He eventually made his way back to the United States and spoke about his experiences.
The Thunder big man is safe in the United States and seeking U.S. citizenship. However, Kanter received some bad news from Turkey on Friday, tweeting that his father, Mehmet Kanter, was arrested by the Turkish government.
HEY WORLD— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 2, 2017
MY DAD HAS BEEN ARRESTED
by Turkish government and the Hitler of our century
He is potentially to get tortured as thousand others
HEY WORLD MY DAD HAS BEEN ARRESTED by Turkish government and the Hitler of our century. He is potentially to get tortured as thousand others
A short time later, Kanter released a statement, saying that "police raided our home in Istanbul," and noted it was a retaliatory move by the government because of Kanter's criticism. Via EnesKaner11.com:
I woke this morning to the news of my father being arrested by the Turkish government. The police raided our home in Istanbul, something that is happening to many innocent families across Turkey just because they are members of Hizmet, inspired by Scholar Fethullah Gulen. Hizmet today is a transnational social initiative that advocates for the ideals of human rights, equal opportunity, democracy, non-violence and the emphatic acceptance of religious and cultural diversity.
My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party. He may get tortured for simply being my family member. There are countless stories that Amnesty International has published about rape, torture, and sodomy in the Turkish prisons following the alleged failed Military Coup attempt on July 15, 2016, that is blamed on innocent individuals of Hizmet. You may clearly see that benefactor of this failed coup was the Turkish Government.
Kanter has been estranged from his family since his father put out a.