Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter is reportedly being detained in Romania, after his passport was “canceled”.
In a video posted on Twitter Saturday morning (May 20), he said the Turkish embassy canceled his passport, citing his “political views” as the reason.
Kanter arrived in Bucharest from Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. In the video, he said police officers have “been holding us here for hours.”
“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views,” Kanter said. “And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.”
Kanter has been critical of Erdogan, causing tensions in his home country because of his fame in the country.
“He’s attacked people in Washington. He’s a bad, bad man,” Kanter said in the video. “He is a dictator, and he’s the Hitler of our century.
“I will keep you posted guys, but just pray for us, and I’ll tell you guys what’s going on.”
I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017