The NBA Western Conference finals, where Portland Trail Blazers’ Enes Kanter will be playing, will not be televised in Turkey, where he is accused of terrorist links, Reuters news agency reported.
Commentator Omer Sarac spoke to Reuters about the decision and doubled down, saying the ban will continue if the Blazers move on.
Kanter, who scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a four-point Blazers victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, has been kept off Turkish television since last year when a Turkish court indicted him, Reuters said.
Turkish authorities have cancelled Kanter’s passport and issued a warrant for his arrest warrant and an Interpol red notice over his support for the Gülen religious movement, which Ankara says orchestrated for the July 2016 coup attempt.
Kanter has publicly denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and affirmed his support for the Gülen movement, designated a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government.
The 26-year old made headlines in January after he refused to travel to London for a key game over fears he would be targeted by Turkish intelligence agents.
My @CBSNews interview; pic.twitter.com/KxbBF2B2dO
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 11, 2019
The full NBA playoffs have been televised in Turkey since broadcasts began in the 1990s.
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