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New York Knick to miss London trip over assassination fears

New York Knick to miss London trip over assassination fears”

Kanter's absence from the trip was explained by the Knicks organization as being due to a visa issue, though the player's recent comments appear to dispute this. "There's a chance that I can get killed out there".

Kanter said late Friday night that the team will travel without him to the United Kingdom, as he'll stay behind and practice while the Knicks play the Wizards on January 17 in London.

Kanter, a native of Turkey, is an outspoken critic of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They play host to the New York Knicks on Friday night.

"I talked to the front office [and] sadly I'm not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president", he told reporters.

"They've got a lot of spies there", Kanter said. I'm not going. I'm going to stay here and practice.

Kanter, who has referred to Erdogan as a "bad, bad man" and a "dictator", was forced to abandon the plans to travel to Romania in 2017 and returned to the U.S. via London after his documentation was cancelled by the issuing state. "I can get killed pretty easy". It's pretty sad. All this stuff affects my career in basketball. "That will be a very ugly situation". Because I want to be out there but just because of that one lunatic guy, that one maniac, I can't go out there and do my job. In the same year, Erdogan and his government accused Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating a failed coup, an allegation he subsequently denied. Then, early this year, Kanter's father was arrested by the Turkish government for reportedly being a member of a terror group, despite telling Turkish media he and the family had disowned their son.

The Knicks, who have Kiwi Ross McMains on the coaching staff, have shown glimpses of their ability but have been wildly inconsistent on their way to a 10-29 record so far this season.

Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 1 in Denver, Colorado.



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