Kanter will not travel to London out of fear for his life

2019-01-05T12:16:53+00:00 2019-01-05T12:16:53+00:00.

Aris Barkas

05/Jan/19 12:16


Enes Kanter will not travel to London when the New York Knicks play the Washington Wizards on Jan. 17, saying he fears for his life because of his ongoing criticism towards Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Kanter, who is n outspoken critic of the Turkish government and Erdogan said that he doesn’t feel safe in Europe.

According to ESPN, Kanter has already informed the Knicks about his decision.

“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said after the Knicks‘ win over the Los Angeles Lakers. “There’s a chance that I can get killed out there. So that’s why I talked to the [Knicks’] front office. I’m not going. It’s pretty sad that just all this stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there helping my team win. But just because of that one lunatic guy, one maniac or dictator, I can’t even go out there and just do my job. So it’s pretty sad.”

Asked if he really believes that he could be killed if he travels to London, Kanter said, “Oh yeah, easy. They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he said. “I can get killed very easy. That will be a very ugly situation.”