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Enes Kanter Responds To Turkey Issuing Warrant For His Arrest

Enes Kanter playing basketball for the New York Knicks.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks celebrates after hitting a three-point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

This morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that Turkey had issued a warrant for the arrest of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey is alleging that Kanter is a follower of a movement led by Pennsylvania cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Erdogan considers a terrorist entity that led an attempted coup in 2016.

Kanter has been outspoken in the past, and it doesn't look like that is stopping now that he's a wanted man. He responded to reports of the warrant on Twitter this morning.

"The only think I terrorize is the rim," he wrote while posting a clip of him dunking in a game.

Kanter is already skipping the Knicks' trip to London for tomorrow's game against the Washington Wizards. He did so because he fears for his safety if he went.

"Sadly, I'm not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president," Kanter said earlier this month. "There's a chance that I can get killed out there. So that's why I talked to the [Knicks'] front office. I'm not going.

"It's pretty sad that just all this stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there helping my team win. But just because of that one lunatic guy, one maniac or dictator, I can't even go out there and just do my job. So it's pretty sad."