Pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah is reporting that Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Enes Kanter, according to AFP. Turkey is accusing Kanter, an Oklahoma City Thunder center, of being apart of a “terror” group.

A Turkish judge issued the warrant after prosecutors opened investigation into Kanter’s loyalty to Fthullah Gulen, who led the coup last July. It was in hopes of outsting current President Recep Tayypi Erdogan.

Turkey accuses Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation” (FETO). Gulen denies the claims.

In the warrant, it says Kanter allegedely used an encrypted app called Bylock, which was allegedely created for Gulen supporters. It says Kanter has praise of a terror organization in messages on his social media.

It is unclear at his moment if the United States government will cooperate with the Turkish arrest warrant.

Kanter took to twitter as he always does to respond

It says, “You can’t catch me. Don’t waste your breath. I will come on my own will anyway, to spit on your ugly, hateful faces.”

The Sabah daily added that the prosecutor would apply for an Interpol red notice, to inform Interpol’s 190 members that someone’s arrest is sought and thus ensure their deportation.

Kanter, who’s played the last 2½ seasons in Oklahoma City,  compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler on multiple occasions. This week, Kanter was detained in Romania after being told his Turkish passport was canceled. He eventually made his way to London, then to the United States.

During a news conference this week, Kanter said the cancellation was linked to his criticism of Erdogan’s government and told reporters on Monday he would seek American citizenship.

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