With a warrant out for his own arrest in Turkey, Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter said Friday that his father, Mehmet, has been arrested by the Turkish government.
Mehmet Kanter was detained in his Istanbul home for an investigation undertaken by a prosecutor's office in northwestern Turkey, according to the Anadolu news agency.
Enes Kanter released a statement saying his father is being held because of his political views and that he may be tortured "simply for being my family member."
"My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party. He may get tortured for simply being my family member," Kanter said. "For a second please think and imagine, if something like this is happening to an NBA player, what is happening to the people with no voice or podium to speak on? There could be hundreds of thousands of people that are detained, tortured, or murdered that we are not hearing about."
According to Anadolu, Mehmet Kanter is being sent to Tekirdag province for questioning. In Turkey, people are detained, then prosecutors may seek an arrest pending trial or release the detainee.
Enes Kanter is an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a known supporter of Fethullah Gulen, a spiritual leader who has lived in exile in Pennsylvania for the past 15 years. The Turkish government blamed Gulen for an attempted military coup last summer, though Gulen denies involvement.
In his statement, Kanter attributed his support of Gulen as the reason for his father's detainment.
"The police raided our home in Istanbul, something that is happening to many innocent families across Turkey just because they are members of Hizmet, inspired by Scholar Fethullah Gulen," Kanter said.
Last summer, Mehmet Kanter told the Daily Sabah, a pro-government newspaper in Turkey, that his family had disowned Enes Kanter because of his political views.
"I apologize to the Turkish people and the president for having such a son," Mehmet Kanter wrote.
Enes Kanter said recently that he has not spoken with his father in almost two years.
Last week, the Turkish government issued a warrant for Kanter, claiming he was part of a terrorist group. He was briefly detained by airport officials in Romania on May 20 after having his passport revoked by the Turkish government. Kanter was able to return to the United States on May 22 with a green card. But due to the warrant, he will likely be unable to travel internationally.
During interviews after returning to the U.S., Kanter said his father, a former college professor, had been spit on at the grocery store because of his son.
"Right now, even if I try to communicate with my parents, my mom or dad or brother or sister, [the government] will probably listen to their phones and as soon as they are in contact with me, they will put them in a jail -- and the jails are not fun," Kanter said at a news conference. "Right now, my family can't even go out to eat. My brother told me that my dad went to the supermarket and they spit on his face."
Charlize Theron was spotted with her 5 year old son Jackson who many feel she's raising as a girl because she lets him dress and act like one. Jackson was out yesterday wearing leggings, pink Uggs, and braid extensions.
This guy was fed up with people stealing his bike and repeatedly breaking his locks in order to steal the bike, so he took matters into his own hands and set up an excellent punishment against others who may repeat the crime.
Guarantee some of these people won't be stealing bikes again!
They rubbed a super hot chili on the toilet paper at work 🌶️😂. This is one cruel ass prank. Not to mention risky! Think about what would have happened if the boss would have taken a random shit right after you just covered the TP with some spicy chili!
This dude got the worst of it but you could tell he laughed it off. He is probably sitting somewhere right now with a spicy bootyhole plotting his revenge. That didn’t stop the angry comment clowns from saying things like: See you in the court. There is nothing fun. If some of my workmate would do that to me, they would regret it the rest of their lives.
Wedding pranks are always good fun but at what point does it go too far?
Video footage shows a groom in China being pelted with hundreds of eggs.
Many people have taken to social media to criticise the wastage of the food product.
In the footage posted to Youku, the groom can be seen being tied to a lamp post as others around him shout excitedly.
The man is stuck to the lamp post unable to move.
Members of the crowd can be seen holding large boxes of eggs with smiles on their faces.
One man has a red bucket full of unknown objects. He throws the substance first before the others start to throw eggs at the man.
A truck full of eggs can be seen behind the group.
The groom is pelted with eggs for around a minute and a half.
Many people have commented on the video criticising the group.
One user commented: 'Vulgar'
While another wrote: 'Waste of food is really vulgar.'
And one user said: 'What places do people do this in?'
Salesman Gary Boon's cruel colleagues slipped the fake card into a bundle of lottery tickets and betting slips they gave him as a leaving present. The 35-year-old was over the moon when he scratched the surface and discovered he'd hit the jackpot. Funny footage shows the group sitting in their local pub when a shocked Gary interrupts them and whispers: "Guys, I need to stop you. I've won £100,000." He shows them the prize ticket to faux enthusiastic responses of, "oh my God," and "what the f*ck", before standing up and pacing, clutching it in his hand.
A shopping centre worker thought her boyfriend had made the most expensive mistake of his life – when he dropped her engagement ring over the side of a boat. Pash Canby, aged 30, got down on one knee to propose to Natalie Ripley while they were sailing in a lagoon in Thailand. As Pash prepared to place the ring on 28-year-old Natalie's finger, it slipped out of his hand and into the water. After pausing for dramatic effect, Pash revealed he had the real £2,000 ring stashed away in his pocket all along.
A city's public speaker - usually used to call people to prayer - started blasting out porn in the middle of the night.
Instead of the traditional Islamic call to worship, people in Kastamonu Turkey, were woken up to the soundtrack from a pornographic film at 1am last Wednesday.
A giggling witness recorded it with his smartphone and posted the recording on social media - where many people suggested municipality workers forgot to turn off the announcement system of the loudspeaker while watching a porn movie.
The clip, recorded from a speaker in the Kuzeykent suburb of the city, which includes the university and main bus station, quickly went viral, reports UPI.com .
Bridesmaid left devastated after being sprayed with fire extinguisher in ill judged wedding prank. It is tradition in China for guests to play pranks on the wedding party - but this almost ruined the entire day. This is the shocking moment wedding pranksters got out of hand by spraying a bridesmaid with a fire extinguisher.
The bizarre incident was caught on camera by an eyewitness with a smartphone at the wedding in the city of Zhaoqing in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
It is a tradition in China for guests to play pranks on the wedding party but this one almost ruined the happy couple's big day.
The groom had to intervene to stop the pranksters as one sprayed a fire extinguisher in the bridesmaid's face.
A hilarious video has re-emerged on Mother's Day of a cruel but very funny prank played by a daughter on her mum.
Shirley Everton, from Bridgend, Wales, posted the very funny clip to social media where it has been viewed more than 4 million times.
In the video, the prankster says while chuckling: 'I done my door with cling film.
Member of the US House of Representatives from California, Maxine Waters, recently said if Russian invaded Korea receives a wake-up call supposedly from the Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman. He said that Russian hackers interfered in the electoral system of the Limpopo, and Putin's army had already captured the Lions and Gabon!
Once she had everything in place, she crouched behind the body and held the air horn in front of her wife's face. The startled woman jolts up and immediately screams when she sees the monstrosity motionless in front of her
Listen to pastor Greg Locke absolutely rip into Starbucks for saying they would ignore Donald Trump's policies if they themselves did not agree with them. This time they say they would go against Donald Trump regarding the refugee ban from seven countries that is currently at war were being bombed by the United States. Excluding Iran which is using proxies in order to fight the United States and is also a well-known sponsor of terrorism against US forces.
People were left disgusted in London last week after being tricked into drinking 'dog's milk' as part of a new animal rights campaign. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) hosted a focus group and went out and about on the streets to offer people free samples of a 'new' milk. After asking them how it tasted and what they thought of it, they dropped the big reveal that it was actually from a dog, causing a range of horrified reactions, from spitting to swearing……… But Peta didn't actually give any of the test subjects dog's milk, instead giving them soya milk.
Kevin Hemmerich was turning himself in for an outstanding warrant. His brother, Jason, filmed the prank. Jason alleges police overstepped when the officer punched his brother in the head and the other slapped the phone out of his hands.