NBA player Kanter heading to US after detained in Romania

 foxsports.com  5/20/2017 7:27:03 PM   AP

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 25: Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder arrives before the game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport.

Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for the United States via London.

Kanter, who is from Turkey, said in a video Saturday morning on his Twitter account that the Turkish embassy canceled his passport and he’d been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport.

Kanter said he believed he was held because of his political views. He’s been a critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter supports Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who opposes Erdogan.

Kanter has been one of the NBA’s best reserves the past two years. This season, he averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

NBA player Kanter heading to US after detained in Romania
NBA player Kanter heading to US after detained in Romania
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