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Kanter disowned by family over political beliefs

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) takes control of the ball after Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and Thunder forward Nick Collison collided during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A Thunder star has reportedly been disowned by his family over his political beliefs.

Enes Kanter, a Turkey native, tweeted Monday that he had been disowned by his mother and father in his home country. FOX News reports the Thunder center has long been a follower of Fethullah Gulen, the leader of a Turkish faction based out of Pennsylvania that was blamed for last month's failed coup against Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

FOX News reports a letter from Kanter's father Mehmet, published by Turkish media Monday, alleges that his son has been "hypnotized" by Gulen.


Kanter answered the letter by tweeting his commitment to Gulen, even changing his Twitter name to Gulen. Kanter was also allegedly left off the Turkish national basketball team for his political beliefs.

Kanter has been active on social media during a busy offseason for the Thunder, suggesting a new use for Kevin Durant jerseys and celebrating Russell Westbrook's contract extension. Last summer, the Thunder signed Kanter to a four-year $70 million contract.


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