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Enes Kanter opens up about being detained, death threats, becoming American citizen

After having his Turkish passport canceled and receiving death threats, Kanter is back safely in the U.S. and hopes to become an American citizen.

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It’s been a wild and scary week for Enes Kanter.

The former Kentucky Wildcats big man was detained at a Romanian airport this past weekend. The day started with Kanter saying in a video posted on Twitter that he had been detained at the Bucharest airport, where the authorities said his passport had been canceled. Hours later, Romanian authorities told Kanter he was free to go, and he’s now back in America.

Kanter, a Turkish citizen who is a six-year NBA veteran and currently plays for the Thunder, has been very outspoken to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and that stance seemed to have led to last week’s frightening ordeal, which you can read more about here.

On Wednesday, Kanter hopped on The Rich Eisen Show to talk about the incident and what he’s doing in response to it, as well as seeking a U.S. passport while receiving death threats.

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