The recently signed Celtics center announced Wednesday night that his youth camps have been canceled, and he says the Turkish government is to blame.
In a statement, Kanter said the mosque canceled the camp due to pressure from the local Turkish Consulate in New York City, in response to the 27-year-old NBA player’s long-standing criticism of his native country’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter said the consulate “threatened” the Islamic Center and even “sent out their goons.”
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Kanter tweeted that the consulate’s actions were a “disgrace,” but said in his statement that he was “even more disappointed in the Mosque for not calling the police on these thugs.”
According to Kanter, more than 300 kids in New York were expected to attend the camp, which would have been the 34th he had hosted this offseason.
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