Turkey wants NBA star jailed

Wanted New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter posts up against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo: Getty...
Wanted New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter posts up against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo: Getty Images
A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years.

The New York Knicks big man allegedly insulted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

Kanter's passport was revoked by Turkish authorities earlier this year, and an arrest warrant issued after he was named a "fugitive" by a Turkish court over his support for US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Ankara has accused the preacher of orchestrating an attempted coup in July 2016.

Previously witht he Oklahoma City Thunder, Kanter and Kiwi Steven Adams formed a duo known as the "stache brothers", in reference to their moustaches.

Kanter is a long-time supporter of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and whose extradition Erdogan is seeking. Gulen denies involvement in the failed putsch.

The indictment on Wednesday said Kanter used Twitter to "defame and deride" Erdogan, Anadolu said.

The 6-foot-11-inch center tweeted on Wednesday in response to the indictment, adding screenshots of the media reports.

"I have said less than that honourless [man] deserves. Add another 4 years for me, master," he told his 526,000 Twitter followers.

Kanter was detained in Romania in May when authorities learned his Turkish passport had been revoked. He later returned to the United States.

Kanter lashed out at Erdogan at a news conference following his detention, calling him the "Hitler of our century."

He holds a US green card that allows him to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.

Last year, Turkish media published a handwritten letter signed by Kanter's father, Mehmet, disowning a son he accused of having been "hypnotized" by the Gulen movement.

In response, the 25-year-old Kanter - the third pick in the NBA draft when he joined Utah Jazz in 2011 - said he was dedicating himself to Gulen and the cleric's Hizmet (Service) movement.

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