Enes Kanter detained by Romania border officials

Enes Kanter has been released by Romanian officials on Saturday according to Romanian officials. Kanter posted on twitter on Saturday morning saying he had been detained.

Kanter has yet to say whether or not he’s been released.

Kanter, who’s been at the opposition of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan since the coup, says Erdogan is the reason why he was detained at the border in Romania. Kanter claims he cancelled Kanter’s passport.

The New York Times contacted the Oklahoma City Thunder and they said they were working with NBA officials to gather information but had no further information.

“Today at around 1 p.m. local time an individual arrived from Frankfurt,” Fabian Badila, a spokesman for the Romanian border police, said to the New York Times. “My colleagues established that his travel documents weren’t valid, that they had been canceled by his home country, so he wasn’t allowed to enter the country.

“At around 5 p.m., he left the airport on a flight to London,” Mr. Badila said. “While he was at the airport he wasn’t detained or locked up, he was allowed to wander around, but he couldn’t enter the country.”

It’s not the first time Kanter and Turkey have collided. Last August, Kanter’s father publicly shamed him in a letter to Turkish media. Before that, Kanter had spoke about the coup and his support of it. The coup failed.

Kanter since being acquired by trade has become a fan favorite for Thunder fans. He’s often the source of wit and humor on social media, as he stands up for his team and friends.


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