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Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter won't go to London for game because he fears he could be killed

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Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter won't go to London for game because he fears he could be killed

Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter won't go to London for game because he fears he could be killed

Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter won't go to London for game because he fears he could be killed for criticizing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

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Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter won't go to London for game because he fears he could be killed

SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - MAY 22, 2017)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

NEW YORK KNICKS PLAYER ENES KANTER SITTING FOR INTERVIEW IN 2017 NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 4, 2019)(STILL PHOTO-MUTE)(USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - BROADCASTER AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') 2.

STILL PHOTO OF KNICKS PLAYER KANTER FIGHTING FOR BALL WITH LOS ANGELES LAKERS JAVALE MCGEE DURING NBA GAME (KANTER MADE STATEMENT ABOUT NOT GOING TO LONDON AFTER THIS GAME) NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - DECEMBER 3, 2018)(STILL PHOTO-MUTE)(USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - BROADCASTER AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') 3.

STILL PHOTO OF KNICKS PLAYER KANTER WITH BALL DURING GAME AGAINST WASHINGTON WIZARDS (KNICKS WILL PLAY WIZARDS IN LONDON ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019) PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - DECEMBER 19, 2018)(STILL PHOTO-MUTE)(USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - BROADCASTER AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') 4.

STILL PHOTO OF KNICKS PLAYER KANTER WITH BALL DURING NBA GAME AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS STORY: New York Knicks center Enes Kanter says he will not go to London for a game with his NBA team because he fears he could be assassinated for criticizing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter, who is Turkish, expressed his fear after the Knicks' victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

A video of his remarks was posted on Twitter.

The Knicks are scheduled to play the Washington Wizards in London on Jan.

17.

"There is a chance I could get killed out there," Kanter, a longtime critic of Erdogan, told reporters.

"It's pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball because I want to be out there and help my team win." A Knicks official later said that Kanter was not traveling to London because of a visa issue, the New York Times reported.

Turkey has revoked Kanter's passport, and a Turkish court has declared him a fugitive for his support of U.S-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating an attempted coup in July 2016 - an accusation Gulen denies.

Since the putsch attempt, more than 50,000 people have been jailed in Turkey pending trial and 150,000 state workers including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed in a crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen.

The Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported in December 2017 that a Turkish prosecutor had asked for Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Erdogan.

Kanter holds a U.S. green card that allows him to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.




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