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Turkey Has Reportedly Issued An Arrest Warrant For Knicks C Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks playing in an NBA game.

DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 01: Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Turkey is seeking extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

Per the WSJ, the request comes via Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who alleges that Kanter is a follower of a terrorist movement led by cleric Fethullah Gulen that attempted to sweep him from power in 2016.

Kanter has been outspoken about issues in his homeland for several years. In June, Kanter's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison for what his son deemed as payback for his criticism of Erdogan.

In 2017, Kanter said he had his passport revoked by Turkey and was detained in Romania because of his political views. Later that year, Erdogan issued a warrant for Kanter's arrest, calling him "a terrorist."

Here's the latest, via the Wall Street Journal:

Prosecutors in Istanbul allege that Enes Kanter, a Turkish center for the New York Knicks, belongs to the movement of cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization, and have sought government help to publicize an arrest warrant for Mr. Kanter through Interpol, a Turkish official said Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Mr. Kanter, who has been playing in the NBA since 2011, calls himself a “servant” of Mr. Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania. But the basketball player denies the organization of Mr. Gulen has had any involvement in terrorism-related activity. Mr. Gulen has denied playing any role in the failed coup.

Kanter had already said he will be skipping the Knicks' game in London against the Washington Wizards because he fears he will either be killed or arrested if he makes the trip.

The Knicks are set to play the Wizards tomorrow.