Enes Kanter's free basketball camp forced to cancel reportedly due to Turkish government threats


Enes Kanter has been very vocal about his issues with the Turkish government.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan revoked the Celtics center’s passport, making him unable to leave the country. The Turkish government has also issued an arrest warrant for Kanter in his native country, after accusing him of being part of a terrorist organization.

For the most part, Kanter has been protected and has been free to speak his mind, as long as he remains in the U.S. However, as of Wednesday, that may not be entirely true anymore.

Kanter was scheduled to put on a free basketball clinic in Long Island, N.Y. this weekend, in what would have been his 34th free camp so far this summer. However according to Kanter, the Islamic Center of Long Island, which is where the camp was supposed to be hosted, cancelled the event because the Turkish Consulate in New York City reportedly threatened the mosque and “sent out their goons and encouraged people in Turkey to call the mosque and leave threatening messages.”

The 6-foot-11 center also explained that he has put on the free camps as a way to give back to all types of communities, whether they’re Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or are not religious at all. But, due to actions linked to the Turkish government, over 300 kids will not be able to experience his camp in Long Island.

This cancellation occurred just two days after Kanter called out Erdogan on Twitter, writing, “He can’t have a heart attack. He doesn’t have a heart.” Though, there have been numerous acts between both Kanter and the Turkish government over time that have contributed to the mutual animosity.

Such a disgrace that @TRConsulNY attacked @ICLINY through their bully tactics and caused my camp’s cancellation; they punished over 300+ New Yorker kids who were supposed to have a free Basketball camp. This is how the #TurkishDictator operates. pic.twitter.com/CmHmnqWSgH

— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 25, 2019