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Thunder's Kanter heading to US after detainment in Romania

Mar 11 2017 Oklahoma City OK USA Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter drives to the basket in front of Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports NBA Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder Thomson Reuters
Vera Richards | 21 May, 2017, 02:12

Saturday morning, Enes Kanter released a video via Twitter saying he was being held by police at a Romanian airport, because he passport was canceled by the Turkish embassy. Gulen is living in exile in the United States.

"Today at around 1 p.m. local time an individual arrived from Frankfurt", they said.

"The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views, and the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey", Kanter says.

Thunder forward Enes Kanter is spending at least a portion of his 25th birthday detained in a Romanian airport on Saturday.

Border control agents established through computer records that Kanter's travel documents were not valid.

Kanter said he believed he was held because of his political views.

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In March, Kanter and teammate Steven Adams caught the attention of web users after they appeared in a video talking about their mustaches and calling Russell Westbrook "King of the Prairie".

National Basketball Association player Enes Kanter had his passport seized at an airport in Romania on Saturday, and he says it's because of his criticism of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Just pray for us", Kanter said.

Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan, who visited Washington this past week to meet with US President Donald Trump. You guys know him by his attack on people in Washington, DC.

Oklahoma City Thunder said they were looking into the case and working through the appropriate channels, according to ESPN. "My own father asked me to change my surname. My brothers and sisters with which we have grown together ignore me". He was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz before getting traded to the Thunder in February 2015.

According to Kanter's website, the Light Foundation fosters awareness and provides assistance for children's development through "education, poverty alleviation and social harmony".

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