This morning, Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter had his Turkish passport invalidated, causing him to be stranded at the airport in Bucharest, Romania. With help from the NBA, he is on his way back to the U.S.
About six hours after posting a video to Twitter explaining that his Turkish passport was invalidated due to his political beliefs, Kanter announced that he was making his way back West to the United States.
According to the New York Times, Kanter boarded a flight to London four hours after arriving in Bucharest from Frankfurt.
As of Saturday afternoon, Kanter had not posted anything online indicating that he had left Romania, but the N.B.A. said that it had worked with the State Department to ensure his release and that he had arrived safely in London.
Kanter was in the midst of a tour for his Enes Kanter Light Foundation when he arrived in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, and was held at the airport.
Kanter is an outspoken critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and there was concern that he could be deported back to Turkey and arrested. Luckily, it appears that he will able to return to America without further incident.
We're very interested to hear what Kanter has to say tomorrow when he reaches New York.