Enes Kanter back in U.S., to speak with press Monday



Oklahoma City's Enes Kanter (11) tries to get by Minnesota's Jordan Hill (27) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City’s Enes Kanter (11) tries to get by Minnesota’s Jordan Hill (27) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

He’s back.

Enes Kanter’s executive assistant Hadis Fetic told The Oklahoman Sunday that Kanter has arrived in New York City after there were questions as to how long it would take the 25-year-old native of Turkey to get back into the U.S. Details of Kanter’s travels were not disclosed for security reasons.

Kanter also tweeted on Sunday that he’d returned to the U.S.

Fetic also said Sunday morning that the Thunder center is scheduled to speak with the media Monday via conference call at a time to be determined. Kanter and his representation originally said a press conference would be scheduled for Sunday.

Kanter was on a worldwide tour as part of his Enes Kanter Light Foundation when he was detained at a Romanian airport on Saturday after his Turkish passport was ruled invalid. In a video posted to Twitter, Kanter claimed it was because of his political views – views in opposition of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Even during detainment, Kanter’s group was optimistic he’d be able to return to the U.S. Kanter was eventually allowed to fly to London on Saturday.

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