Enes Kanter not travelling to Toronto for Trail Blazers-Raptors

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While on the Knicks earlier this season, Enes Kanter didn’t travel with the team to London, citing fears he could be killed.

Now with the Trail Blazers, he isn’t going to Toronto, either.

A Turkey native, Kanter is an outspoken critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In response, Turkish prosecutors have sought an international arrest warrant for Kanter.

So, he’s staying in the United States.

Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers:

It’s a shame Kanter’s ability to travel abroad is limited because of his speech. Freedom of speech is an important right.

This is a good reminder of the higher stakes people face outside basketball.