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Posted: May 20, 2017

NBA star Enes Kanter detained at airport, says Turkish government canceled passport

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 04:  Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during their game at Spectrum Center on January 4, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.    (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 04: Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during their game at Spectrum Center on January 4, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

By Greg Brown, FOX23.com

An Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star was briefly detained by Romanian airport authorities after the Turkish government reportedly canceled his passport.

Thunder center Enes Kanter posted a video on Twitter Saturday morning saying he was being held by police at an airport in Romania.

Kanter said the Turkish government canceled his passport, claiming that officials made the move because of his political views.

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Kanter went on to call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the "Hitler of our century," referencing a recent visit to the U.S. during which Turkish presidential guards were caught on video violently breaking up a protest in Washington, D.C.

The guards were held briefly and then released after the incident in the nation’s capital, prompting outcry from many across the country.

Kanter concluded the video by promising updates and asking for prayers.

According to the NBA, the 25-year-old has been with the Thunder since 2014. Before that, he played for the Utah Jazz.

Kanter was the only Thunder player to appear in all 82 regular season games in the 2015-2016 season.

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

A New York Times sports reporter tweeted Saturday afternoon that Kanter had been released by authorities and was on his way to London. 


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