Jun 27, 2022
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NBA player and Turkish national Enes Kanter poked fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following reports that the Turkish leader died from a heart attack on Tuesday.

Eric Kanter is a center for the Boston Celtics. He is also known to be a harsh critic of Erdoğan and his regime.

In the past, Kanter has accused the Turkish president of running a totalitarian regime that suppresses basic freedoms as well as human rights. At one point, he even called Erdogan “the Hitler of our century.”

So when reports of Erdogan dying from a heart attack began surfacing, Kanter advantage of the opportunity to blast the Turkish leader with a touch of cynicism saying: “He can’t have a heart attack. He doesn’t have a heart.”

Erdogan and Kanter have a history of animosity. This dates back to 2017 when the Turkish president revoked his passport. Erdogan also filed a warrant for the Celtics center’s arrest for being a member of a “terrorist organization”.

Since Kanter is in the U.S., he is protected by the first amendment to speak his mind.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey defended Kanter’s tweet calling the big man: “Yet another community will be inspired by his excellence and his advocacy in the face of authoritarian intimidation.

Breaking Israel News reported on a Twitter blackout in Turkey following rumors of Erdogan’s death.