Knicks center Enes Kanter's fight against Turkey's authoritarian government has taken yet another dramatic turn.
The Turkish regime has called for Kanter to be extradited to his native country due to his support for a Pennsylvania-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a fierce critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It's part of an attempt to crack down on Gulen and the followers of his movement, which the government considers to be a terrorist organization.
Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. 路♂️— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 16, 2019
I don’t even have a parking ticket in the US (True)
I have always been a law-abiding resident. https://t.co/DxLgvFcTST
The Erdogan regime has presented no proof that would warrant the extradition of Kanter, of course.
Kanter has been very vocal in his distaste for the current Turkish government, including refusing to travel to London for a game fearing that his life would be in danger. Erdogan believes that Kanter had financially supported Gulen and his followers when they allegedly attempted a coup in 2016.
The only thing I terrorize is the rim pic.twitter.com/T9mk3bkzKR— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 16, 2019
While the Knicks big man has stated his support for the resistance movement, there's no evidence to suggest he helped fund an a would-be government overthrow.
All told, the United States government would have to be convinced that Kanter had committed a crime that was prosecutable in the US before engaging in extradition.
Despite these efforts by the Turkish regime, Kanter is far from prosecutable as things stand.
Without proof of a crime and any actual reason to bring charges against him, Kanter figures to remain far out of the reach of his home country's authorities, much to the distaste of Erdogan.