Enes Kanter, NBA Star and Gulen Supporter, Briefly Detained in Romania After 'Turkey Cancels Passport'

'The guy who did it is...the president of Turkey. He's attacked people in Washington. He's a bad, bad man. He's a dictator. And he's the Hitler of our century,' the Oklahoma City Thunder center says

Enes Kanter during an Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, April 11, 2017.
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport.

Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for the United States via London.

Kanter, who is Turkish, said in a video Saturday morning on his Twitter account that the Turkish embassy canceled his passport and he’d been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport.

Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He supports Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who opposes Erdogan.

"What's up world, just wanted to say we are in Romania," Kanter said in the video. "They said they canceled my passport by Turkish embassy. They've been holding us here for hours by these two police. You know, the reason behind it is just of course my political views. The guy who did it is the president of Turkey." 

"He's attacked people in Washington. He's a bad, bad man. He's a dictator. And he's the Hitler of our century," Kanter continued.

He later tweeted “All good baby!” and said he’d hold a news conference in New York on Sunday.

He was traveling in Europe and Indonesia with his Enes Kanter Light Foundation when he arrived in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

A Thunder spokesman said the team had been working with the NBA to gather information through appropriate channels.

The 6-foot-11 player, who moved to the U.S. in 2009, was the third overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 draft. He was traded to the Thunder in 2015.

Kanter has been one of the NBA’s best reserves the past two years. This season, he averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.