Enes Kanter’s home country of Turkey is seeking to sentence him to four years or more in prison for the offense of speaking out against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
...let that one sink in for a minute.
Yes, this report is real, and no, thankfully, our big, bruising center seems at peace with the fact that the leader of his home country wants him in a Turkish prison cell in the worst way:
Kanter said on Wednesday that he isn't bothered by the potential indictment.
"You guys were seeing today that I was just out there having fun, playing basketball and practicing with my teammates," Kanter said. ".... You guys are going to say, 'How do you get used to, like, prison, this and that, whatever?' I think it's just nothing to me, man, because I'm in America. I'm good. My focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, having fun with my teammates and just winning, and just thinking about playoffs. I don't really think about all this stuff, whatever. They can do whatever they want to do."
In a country where we get mad about our president tweeting at 2:00 a.m. about TV ratings and other assorted bullshit, it’s sobering to realize that there are other countries around the world that will throw you in jail for itchy Twitter fingers, including one of our own Knicks basketfriends.
In fact, Enes may have said it the best:
Of Erdogan, Kanter added: "That dude is maniac. Think about it. I mean, America ... you've got freedom of whatever you want to say. I mean, it's a free country. But it's not like that in Turkey. You cannot criticize or you cannot even say nothing bad about the dude, Erdogan. Just, like, say he's a bad guy and you're in a prison. It's politics. People can choose or say whatever they want to say. I think right now the situation there is pretty messed up."
Rather than tweeting or speaking out against Erdogan, however, Kanter has a plan that would work in two capacities — pissing off Erdogan, and elating Knicks fans:
He added that the Knicks' success on the court would be a good way to answer back to the government.
"If we make playoffs, then that will drive him crazy, so that's what I'm really focused on right now, just make the playoffs and drive this dude crazy," he said.
Stay strong, Enes. Keep driving him nuts. We all love you here in the USA, and we won’t let you go back.