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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:42 PM

Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter claims he was detained in airport over political views

Source: ABC News

Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter claims he was detained in airport over political views

By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN - May 21, 2017, 11:03 AM ET

Enes Kanter, an NBA center with Turkish roots, is returning to the U.S. today after having been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey's president.

Romanian border police confirmed to ABC News that Kanter's travel documents had been canceled by his home country and he was not allowed to enter the country.

"The reason behind it is just of course my political views," Kanter said of his detainment in a cell phone video captured at the airport on Saturday and posted to Twitter. "And, the person who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

Kanter, 25, a popular player with the Oklahoma City Thunder, is a supporter of Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, a staunch critic of Erdogan who the Turkish president has blamed for failed July 2016 coup that took place in the country. Erdogan has called for the extradition of Gülen, who has denied involvement in the attempted coup.

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Kanter is now headed back to the U.S. via London, according to a Romanian Border Police spokesperson that spoke to The Associated Press about the matter. It is unclear how he is able to travel with an invalid passport.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/turkish-nba-player-enes-kanter-claims-detained-airport/story?id=47542348

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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:56 PM

1. Why would Romania be interested in doing Trukey's

dirty work

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