WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Portland Trail Blazers Enes Kanter has an Oregon Senator helping him avoid jail in his home country of Turkey.
Kanter criticized the Turkish government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and he’s now paying a price.
“Turkey’s President Erdogan has labeled Mr. Enes a terrorist,” Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said Tuesday on the U.S. Senator floor.
Wyden explained Erdogan revoked Kanter’s passport and issued an international arrest warrant. Wyden said Kanter should be allowed to speak freely.
“He (Kanter) rightfully believes that he ought to be able to express his opinion as he sees it,” Wyden said.
Wyden is urging U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take action in Kanter’s favor that would protect him and allow him to travel freely outside of the U.S.
Kanter had to cancel NBA trips to London and Toronto out of concern he’d be arrested.