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DEVELOPING: Enes Kanter's Passport Seized In Romania (UPDATED: He's On To London)


((HT: Enes' Kanter's Twitter))

With the political situation in the United States being what it is these days, there are repercussions worldwide- whether those of us in the United States know or understand them...

This past week, Turkey's "President" Erdogan visited the States and encouraged his bodyguards to go after protesters in Washington, DC. His policies are far from popular and we have a repercussion on a Turkish-born citizen traveling with his passport who has voiced his stance against the president and has been public about it...

NBA big man Enes Kanter is traveling and had this happen in a Romanian airport

Not the way to celebrate your 25th birthday, but the police detaining him are more than happy to take pictures...

The translation is: Haha 😂 the cops that keeps us photo throw. You who do you do O Cowards. 😂😂

Basically, the cops will take your passport, but they'll be more than happy to have a photo taken as well.

Kanter has been very vocal against Erdogan and his policies in Turkey and has had his life flagged by the Turkish Embassy while coming from Indonesia, presumably, back to the States.

Almost, sadly, it reminds us of this...

((HT: Amblin Entertainment))

The HQ hopes two things... well, maybe more...

One: That Kanter gets out of there soon... and doesn't become a "citizen of nowhere..."

Two: That he gets out of the mess safely...

Three: That he never stops speaking up...

1100 HRS UPDATE

1400 UPDATE: He's heading to London, according to the NY Times

No word on what changed Turkish officials' minds... From The Benjamin Hoffman piece:

“Today at around 1 p.m. local time an individual arrived from Frankfurt,” Mr. Fabian Badila, a spokesman for the Romanian border police, said in an interview. “My colleagues established that his travel documents weren’t valid, that they had been canceled by his home country, so he wasn’t allowed to enter the country.

“At around 5 p.m., he left the airport on a flight to London,” Mr. Badila continued. “While he was at the airport he wasn’t detained or locked up, he was allowed to wander around, but he couldn’t enter the country.”

No word on if he has his documents with him for the next two stops... or if he's still an "un-person."

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