Newly-signed big man Enes Kanter is projected to be one of the Celtics biggest contributors this season.
But the big man is dealing with much more than basketball in his personal life, as he recently told CBS Boston about the death threats that he receives almost daily, which are in response to the government in his native Turkey.
Celtics center Enes Kanter receives daily death threats over his outspoken opposition to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. https://t.co/0btEcDr5PQ pic.twitter.com/5eSU6tpDaL
From the above tweet:
“Kanter, 27, has ties to the (Fethullah) Gulen movement, a group Turkish Head of State Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of participating in a failed coup attempt in 2016 in Turkey. Erdogan cracked down fiercely on Gulen members, and his regime in 2017 canceled Kanter’s passport and sought his arrest and imprisonment.”
He continues to be outspoken in his disdain for Erdogan’s rule and recently said he was harassed in Boston outside of a mosque.