Enes Kanter was the backup center for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The resident of Turkey was always so cheerful, positive, and supportive of his teammates and the city that everyone here was sorry to see him go, being traded to the New York Knicks, where he is starting and becoming a really good player. Too bad his life is in danger.
Kanter openly criticizes the dictatorial president of Turkey, Recep Erdogan. Kanter is a supporter of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish theologian and politician, who advocates a kinder and gentler Islam and whom Erdogan blames for an unsuccessful coup attempt. Gülen is currently living in exile in Pennsylvania. Erdogan is trying to extradite him and has imprisoned thousands of “Gülenists” both in Turkey and abroad.