NBA

Thunders Enes Kanter changes name in support of Fethullah Gulen

Thunders Enes Kanter changes name in support of Fethullah Gulen

Thunders Enes Kanter changes name in support of Fethullah Gulen 2016 images

Enes Kanter Changes Name, Disowned by Family for Support of Turkish Coup

If you thought the 2016 Presidential Election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was terrible and unbelievably polarizing, read up on politics in Turkey right now.

Last month, the Turkish military staged a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The President has been progressively moving Turkey away from its secular constitution, jailing and shutting down journalists and publications that oppose him, and ridding the country of his political opponents. Turkey, along with China and Egypt, has one of the highest rates of journalists and reporters behind bars.

The coup failed, and Erdogan remains in power. Any opposition to the Turkish government and Erdogan is not welcome—even if that resistance comes from a professional basketball player.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is a Turkish-American and a public follower /of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric in Pennsylvania accused by Erdogan of staging the coup. The United States has requested specific evidence before extraditing.

Kanter has also made his support for the coup and disdain for the current Turkish administration. As a result, Mehmet Kanter, Enes’s father who still lives in Turkey, disowned his son completely.

“With a feeling of shame I apologize to our president and the Turkish people for having such a son,” said Mehmet in a letter published by the Turkish media.

Kanter, in response, tweeted out a letter written in Turkish, and he signed his name as “Enes (Kanter) GULEN.”

“Today I lost those who for 24 years I called…my family,” wrote Enes. “My own family wanted me to change my surname. The mother who gave birth to me rejected me…May God take every second of my life and give it to my brave Teacher.”

Enes wouldn’t be the first NBA player to change his name, although his reason for switching things up is much more somber than Ron Artest’s jump to Metta World Peace.

But next time you feel like an outcast for supporting Trump or Clinton to the chagrin of some, just remember, it could be worse. Your parents here will love you either way…I hope.

Click to add a comment
NBA
@chrismaurice18

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

russell westbrook not feeling new nba all star voting system 2017 images

Russell Westbrook not feeling new NBA All-Star voting system

Chris MauriceJanuary 20, 2017
derrick rose hooky fine from knicks 2017 images

Derrick Rose’s hooky fine from Knicks

Chris MauriceJanuary 15, 2017
adam silver 5 minute plan for nba games 2017 images

Adam Silver’s 5-minute plan for NBA Games

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Zaza Pachulia shows why nba made changes to all star game voting 2017 images

Zaza Pachulia shows why NBA made changes to All-Star Game voting

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
kyle korver picked up by cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Kyle Korver picked up by Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized  2017 images

Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized

Chris MauriceJanuary 8, 2017
nba superstars benefit from new collective bargaining agreement 2016 images

NBA superstars benefit from new Collective Bargaining Agreement

Chris MauriceDecember 27, 2016
nba with carmelo anthony after george karl take aim in book 2016 images

NBA with Carmelo Anthony after George Karl takes aim with book

Chris MauriceDecember 24, 2016
2016 Sports   Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen  ryan lochte on All Losers Team images

2016 Sports – Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen, Ryan Lochte on All-Losers Team

Shane LambertDecember 23, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription