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Oklahoma City Thunder news: arrest warrant issued in Turkey for Enes Kanter

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For his outspoken political views, Enes Kanter is now labeled a terrorist by his home country

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Days after being denied entrance into his home country, the Turkish government has issued an arrest warrant for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter.

In addition, Friday, a Turkish judge placed Kanter among the countries’ most-wanted terrorist list for both his outspoken stance toward President Recep Erdogan and affiliation with Erdogan-rival Fethullah Gulen.

Recently, Kanter appeared on CBS This Morning to detail his publicized passport revocation, layover detainment, and views toward Erdogan’s regime.

Due to Kanter’s political leanings, the Thunder bench-leaders’ parents publicly disowned him in 2016.

Kanter’s father Mehmet, via The Norman Transcript:

"I apologize to the Turkish people and the president for having such a son. His statements and behavior trouble our family. I would not have taken Enes to the U.S. for the basketball camp where his talent was discovered had I known that it would come to this point.”

Now the Turkish government will seek an Interpol “red notice” to extradite Kanter from the United States to stand trial for his alleged crimes.