Knicks Center To Be Tried In Turkey For Insulting Another Basketball Player


Knicks Center To Be Tried In Turkey For Insulting Another Basketball Player

Enes Kanter, center for the New York Knicks, is currently facing prison time in Turkey for opposing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. These new charges come on top of an arrest warrant was issued for him over the summer. In May, Kanter was detained in Romania after the Turkish Government cancelled his passport.

Now Kanter finds himself in trouble once again, this time for insulting former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, a “a senior adviser” to Erdo?an’s administration. According to the Turkish Newspaper Sabah [via Clutch Points]:

Kanter has “insulted [Hedo] Turkoglu more than once on different dates”. The Istanbul Cyber Crimes Investigation Bureau prepared the indictment which is based on “humiliating and hurtful messages” made by Kanter against Turkoglu on his social media.”
He’s currently set to be tried in-absentia and, if convicted, could face a prison term of one to four years. When reporters asked Kanter about it back in December, he laughed off the charges, saying: “Four years? That’s it? For all of the trash I’ve been talking?”
But, all jokes aside, the Knicks’ center understands he’s in a precarious position. He previously told the media:
“If I step outside America, just one step, they can do whatever they want to do. I might never be able to go back to my country. Maybe, you never know ”