Enes Kanter's Father Reportedly Released from Turkish Custody

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22:  Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter leaves after speaking to the media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter's father was reportedly released from police custody in Turkey on Wednesday. 

The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) cited the private Dogan news agency, noting university professor Mehmet Kanter was released after five days in custody as long as he consistently reports to a police station.

"He was detained as part of an investigation into alleged links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to media reports," the AP wrote.

This comes after Kanter tweeted about the situation Friday:

Enes Kanter @Enes_Kanter

HEY WORLD MY DAD HAS BEEN ARRESTED by Turkish government and the Hitler of our century He is potentially to get tortured as thousand others

According to ESPN.com, Kanter is a known critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The AP noted Kanter is also "a supporter of Gulen, who the Turkish government blames for a failed military coup last summer."

The Daily Sabah (h/t A.J. Perez of USA Today) recently reported a warrant was issued for Kanter's arrest in Turkey for his alleged involvement in a terrorist organization that opposes Erdogan.

The six-year NBA veteran tweeted a video on May 20 saying he was being held at a Romanian airport because Turkey cancelled his passport for his political beliefs:

Enes Kanter @Enes_Kanter

I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!! https://t.co/uYZMBqKx54

He was eventually released, and Royce Young of ESPN reported the NBA teamed with the State Department to help Kanter reach London.

As for his father, Mehmet, the AP said he previously disowned his son because of his support for Gulen.