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Oklahoma City’s Enes Kanter receives death threats after failed coup in Turkey

Thunder center said hes received death threats following the coup in Turkey that failed to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdoans regime

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter said hes received death threats following the coup in Turkey that failed to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdoans regime.

The 24-year-old posted screenshots of a series of threats hes received on Twitter since Friday in response to his support of exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Glen. The posts, written in Turkish, include phrases such as You will die soon beside ominous images of weapons and nooses.

Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 17, 2016

Son bir ka gndr aldm sadece baz lm Tehditleri.!
Allah hepinizi slah eylesin. pic.twitter.com/a0mnYaEQGA

Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 18, 2016

2) lm Tehditleri yamaya devam ediyor.
Durmak yok Duaya devam
Allah hepinizi slah eylesin. pic.twitter.com/aBfP0BiKf5

Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 19, 2016

3) lm Tehditleri devam ediyor.
Sizden korkan sizin gibi olsun.
Allah hepinizi slah eylesin. pic.twitter.com/fcFYw945De

Kanter spoke out against Erdoans government in March after a terrorist bombing in Ankara that killed 37 people and injured more than 100, criticizing the countrys obstruction of broadcast media and access to social media.

Last year Kanter, a five-year NBA veteran who was tabbed with the No3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, said he was left off Turkeys national team for EuroBasket 2015 due to his political views, a claim denied by national team coach Ergin Ataman.

The 6ft 11in post man was passed over for selection again for the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament earlier this month in the Philippines, where Turkey failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics after bowing to France in the semi-finals.

Death threats continue to fall, Kanter posted on his verified Twitter feed, in Turkish. Prayer does not stand still.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/20/oklahoma-city-thunder-enes-kanter-death-threats-failed-turkey-coup