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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

NBA star left fuming after receiving racist taunt


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Portland Trail Blazers big man Enes Kanter has been left fuming after discovering his name had been censored out by NBA Turkey's twitter account.

Kanter, a Turkish international, was instrumental in his side's Game 2 win against the Denver Nuggets, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds, and was also hit with an unfortunate taunt during the game.

According to ESPN's Royce Young, after Kanter was involved in a collision with Denver's Torrey Craig, the crowd chanted "Kanter sucks" before telling the big man to "go back to Turkey" and mocking the fact that he could not.

https://twitter.com/royceyoung/status/1123792806424784896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The abuse hurled towards Kanter was condemned by his former New York Knicks teammate Mario Hezonja, who labelled the taunts "sad and ignorant".

Due to his vocal criticism of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter's Turkish passport was cancelled in 2017 and an arrest warrant was put out for him by the Turkish government, who accused him of being a member of a "terror group".

Kanter previously avoided travelling to London as a member of the New York Knicks in January, fearing that his life could be in danger if he travelled to Europe. He also avoided travelling to Toronto as a member of the Blazers in March for similar reasons.

Enes Kanter

The 26-year-old took to his personal Twitter account following the game to vent his frustrations at his name being censored out by the NBA Turkey twitter account.

"What a messed up country lead by (Erdogan)," Kanter tweeted.

"Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official (NBA twitter account) for Turkey is censoring me.

"They don't show Blazers games in Turkey. The government controls people, this a problem. How can official NBA allow this?"

https://twitter.com/Enes_Kanter/status/1123810730720014336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Speaking to reporters after his team's 97-90 Game 2 win, Kanter expressed his love for the city of Portland and shrugged off the taunts.

"I heard those chants a lot," he said.

"If they're going to boo me, I'm doing something right.

"Portland, this team, not just the team, this organisation, this city, the whole state and even the Senator, is probably the best thing that's happened to me in my basketball career."

Kanter and the Blazers will look to take a decisive 2-1 lead in the series with a win in Game 3 of the series on Saturday (AEST).

Portland Trail Blazers big man Enes Kanter has been left fuming after discovering his name had been censored out by NBA Turkey's twitter account.

Kanter, a Turkish international, was instrumental in his side's Game 2 win against the Denver Nuggets, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds, and was also hit with an unfortunate taunt during the game.

According to ESPN's Royce Young, after Kanter was involved in a collision with Denver's Torrey Craig, the crowd chanted "Kanter sucks" before telling the big man to "go back to Turkey" and mocking the fact that he could not.

https://twitter.com/royceyoung/status/1123792806424784896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The abuse hurled towards Kanter was condemned by his former New York Knicks teammate Mario Hezonja, who labelled the taunts "sad and ignorant".

Due to his vocal criticism of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter's Turkish passport was cancelled in 2017 and an arrest warrant was put out for him by the Turkish government, who accused him of being a member of a "terror group".

Kanter previously avoided travelling to London as a member of the New York Knicks in January, fearing that his life could be in danger if he travelled to Europe. He also avoided travelling to Toronto as a member of the Blazers in March for similar reasons.

Enes Kanter

The 26-year-old took to his personal Twitter account following the game to vent his frustrations at his name being censored out by the NBA Turkey twitter account.

"What a messed up country lead by (Erdogan)," Kanter tweeted.

"Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official (NBA twitter account) for Turkey is censoring me.

"They don't show Blazers games in Turkey. The government controls people, this a problem. How can official NBA allow this?"

https://twitter.com/Enes_Kanter/status/1123810730720014336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Speaking to reporters after his team's 97-90 Game 2 win, Kanter expressed his love for the city of Portland and shrugged off the taunts.

"I heard those chants a lot," he said.

"If they're going to boo me, I'm doing something right.

"Portland, this team, not just the team, this organisation, this city, the whole state and even the Senator, is probably the best thing that's happened to me in my basketball career."

Kanter and the Blazers will look to take a decisive 2-1 lead in the series with a win in Game 3 of the series on Saturday (AEST).

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