Enes Kanter being detained in Romania with potential arrest looming

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter looks on after a foul in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 109-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Enes Kanter’s passport was canceled by the Turkish embassy on Saturday, and the Oklahoma City Thunder center is being detained in Romania.

“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views,” Kanter said. “And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.”

There are potential repercussions to the situation. The forward is facing deportation and will likely be arrested, according to Mahir Zeynalov of The Globe Post.

The delicate nature of this situation is heightened by Erdogan’s recent visit to the United States. Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., a brawl occurred outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador to the United States. Erdogan watched from his car as members of his security team clashed with protesters. Some of the protesters claimed that members of Erdogan’s security detail engaged in excessive violence. Nearly a dozen people were injured in the incident.

How this affects Kanter’s status is unknown, but it’s one more variable to consider in an already-complicated collection of competing tensions.

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