Enes Kanter sarcastically responds to potential prison sentence in Turkey
New York Knicks star Enes Kanter on Wednesday responded sarcastically to the news prosecutors in Turkey are seeking a four-year-plus prison sentence over charges he insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Four years? That’s it?” Kanter said at practice Wednesday morning. “For all of the trash I’ve been talking?”
Kanter’s comments follow a tweet in Turkish posted earlier in the morning mocking the charges.
Az bile demişim o Şerefsize.
Bir 4 de benden koy usta.!!!!
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) December 20, 2017
Turkey’s state-run news agency indicated earlier this week that Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s office seeks chargers over tweets in 2016 in which Kanter is accused of disparaging the president. Kanter, who has long been a vocal critic of Erdogan, would be tried in absentia.
“I’m a New Yorker now, huh? I mean, if you guys accept me, I’m from here now,” Kanter said Wednesday. “I get my (U.S.) passport in two, three years I hope.”
Kanter also pointed out how much it upsets the Turkish government when the media has him discuss Turkey.
“They hate when I talk to you guys in front of all of these cameras, these microphones,” Kanter said. “They hate it, but that’s why they’re doing all this. ‘Oh, we’re going to take his dad away, we’re going to put him in prison.’ It doesn’t really bother me. (If) we made the playoffs, it will drive him crazy.”