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Enes Kanter To Turkey President: Jail Threats Don’t Scare Me!

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Enes Kanter says he won’t be bullied into silence by the President of Turkey — saying jail threats against him and his family are only inspiring him to be MORE critical of Recep Erdogan

The NY Knicks star is doubling down on his decision to remove himself from a team trip to the U.K. — claiming he’s more susceptible to Erdogan’s hit squad overseas. 

“If I’m in America, I’m safe. I feel very safe,” Kanter told CBS News. “But, if I step outside of America,  it will be a very dangerous situation.”

Kanter says he’s been under fire from Turkish officials for years for insulting Erdogan publicly — even calling the guy the “Hitler of our generation.”

Other U.S. officials, including Rep. Peter King, have told TMZ Sports … Kanter’s fears are warranted because Erdogan is a bad dude and runs Turkey like a police state. 

Kanter has been labeled a terrorist for his comments — and says officials have even locked his father as retribution. 

“If you speak out against Erdoğan, that means you’re a terrorist. If he cannot put you in jail, then he will take your family away and put them in jail and say, ‘if you don’t stop running against me, then I’m gonna keep your family in jail.'”

“That’s what he’s trying to do, did that to me, that he tried to put my dad in jail, so he thought that I was gonna stop talking, that made me even talk about this more so the world can see it.”

As we previously reported, ex-NBA player Hedo Turkoglu — who’s also from Turkey — ripped Kanter on social media … saying his claims against the President are baseless and reckless

Then again, Turkoglu also serves as an advisor to Erdogan. 

NY Congressman Backs Enes Kanter ‘Erdogan Is a Dangerous Person’

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Turkey president Recep Erdogan is a dangerous person and NY Knicks player Enes Kanter sounds justified in fearing for his life … so says U.S. Congressman Peter King

Remember, Kanter just backed out of an upcoming team trip to the U.K. because he believes Erdogan has access to assassins in England who would “easily” kill him for his constant criticism of the regime. 

Kanter — who’s been labeled a terrorist in his home country — has repeatedly called Erdogan as the Hitler of our generation. 

The criticism has pissed off fellow Turkish NBA player Hedo Turkoglu who blasted Kanter in the media … saying Enes is spreading false information to damage Erdogan.  

So, when we saw Rep. King [R-NY] out in D.C. we asked if he thinks Kanter’s fears are legit. 

“I do know that Erdogan runs a police state, that he’s capable of violence,” King told us.

“And, if a player for the Knicks or any person here working in the U.S. thinks there’s a real threat to his life, I can understand why he wouldn’t wanna go over.”

King notes that Erdogan is a “dangerous person” — and “based on what goes on in Turkey, I can understand Kanter’s position.”

Hedo Turkoglu Rips Enes Kanter Turkey Assassination Claims Are ‘Delusional’

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Ex-NBA player Hedo Turkoglu is going OFF on fellow Turkish hooper Enes Kanter — claiming Enes is “delusional” and “irrational” if he REALLY thinks the Turkish government is plotting to kill him. 

Kanter has been beefing with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for years — often comparing Erdogan to Hitler. Kanter has been branded a terrorist in Turkey and is reportedly facing prison time if he ever returns. 

Just last week, Kanter said he would not be traveling with the NY Knicks to the U.K. to play the Wizards out of concern he would be more susceptible to Turkish assassins who want him dead

Enter Turkoglu … the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation who just came out SWINGING at Kanter — saying Enes’ story is flat-out wrong and dangerous. 

“I received with concern the news about the delusions targeting the Republic of Turkey of Enes Kanter, who pledged his loyalty to the ringleader of Fetullashist Terrorist Organization (FETO), and his statement that he would miss the game in London due to fears of being assassinated by Turkey.”

“We know that he has not been able to travel to many countries due to visa issues since 2017. In other words, Kanter cannot enter the U.K. not because of fears for life as he claims but due to passport and visa issues. This being the long known truth, he is trying to get the limelight with irrational justifications and political remarks.”

“Such remarks constitute another example of the political smear campaign Kanter has been conducting against Turkey as well as his efforts to attribute importance to himself by covering up the contradictions in his sports career.”

“Kanter not only targeted the Republic of Turkey, governed by the rule of law, with unjust accusations but he also regarded the British security forces as weak and attempted to harm Turkish-British relations.”

“It is obvious that this person’s remarks are irrational and distort the truth.”

So far, no response from Enes — but he’s not known for keeping quiet … so expect a reaction soon.