Knicks’ Kanter will not travel to London NBA game due to assassination fears

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  • New York Knicks player is a critic of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter will not travel for his team’s upcoming NBA game in London because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Kanter announced his decision on Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue. Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at the O2 Arena in London on 17 January. He says he can’t travel anywhere except the US and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”

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Written by Associated Press
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Knicks’ Kanter will not travel to London NBA game due to assassination fears

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