Saturday, January 19, 2019
Many people hope to separate sports from politics but that is not always possible. Euronews reports on international intrigue affecting the National Basketball Association (NBA).
NBA basketball player, Enes Kanter, a Turkish citizen whose passport was cancelled by the Turkish government, decided to skip a game in London earlier this week because concerns for his safety. The New York Knicks player is a critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his human rights record. Istanbul's state prosecutor has sought an Interpol "red notice" to detain the basketball player and requested his extradition.
Asked by Euronews how he felt about the arrest warrant, Kanter said it was "very sad" because it stopped him from playing basketball. "I want to play basketball and I want to be known as a basketball player. Last year, he was indicted by a Turkish court of belonging to an armed terrorist group — charges which he denies.