(Reuters) – Boston Celtics and Turkey heart Enes Kanter stated he had been harassed exterior a Massachusetts mosque on Friday by two males he described as supporters of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish NBA participant Enes Kanter watches the ultimate minutes of the sport as his group, the New York Knicks, performs the Washington Wizards on the O2 Area in London on his tv in White Plains, New York, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Picture
Kanter, who filmed the incident and posted it on Twitter, is an outspoken critic of the Turkish regime and its human rights report.
He was indicted by a Turkish courtroom final 12 months on prices of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies.
“Erdogan thugs attacked and threatened me right now after Friday prayers in Boston at a mosque,” he wrote.
“Turkish Authorities don’t even let me observe my faith freely in America not to mention my freedom of speech is below assault.”
The video doesn’t present any bodily violence however Kanter is clearly agitated as a crowd gathers round him on the sidewalk, and he appears notably irritated by one man who isn’t talking English.
“I instructed you America, that is loopy,” Kanter stated within the video.
He later instructed the Boston Globe that the 2 males cursed at him and referred to as him a “traitor” through the confrontation exterior the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge.
“I shouldn’t be feeling uncomfortable or insecure whereas critiquing anybody however sadly even in America they make me really feel this insecurity,” Kanter stated.
“Are you able to even think about how folks in Turkey really feel?”
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; enhancing by Clare Fallon