Enes Kanter responded to a tweet that mentioned some of the things Nuggets fans were yelling at him during Game 2 of Portland's 2019 NBA playoff series.
Kanter called the comment "hurtful" when he responded on Twitter Thursday and added, "Be grateful for the Democracy and Freedom we have here."
I wish I could go back to Turkey to see Family 😔— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 2, 2019
But I chose to support Democracy, Freedom and Human rights,
I am grateful for most Americans supporting that right. @nuggets take control of your fans.
This is hurtful 💔
Be grateful for the Democracy and Freedom we have here. https://t.co/SMGu9j3qc4
He also called out the NBA's Turkey account, which didn't acknowledge his 15-point, nine-rebound performance in the series-tying victory.
What a messed up country lead by #TurkishDictator @RTErdogan— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 2, 2019
Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official @NBA for Turkey @NBAturkiye is censoring me. They dont show blazers games in Turkey. The government controls people,this a problem. How can official NBA allow this pic.twitter.com/Zvny0NwF8C
The player's union also voiced its support for Kanter, who has had issues with the Turkish government in the past. Kanter has spoken out against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past, and in addition to having his passport revoked, he also feared he could potentially be killed if he traveled with the Knicks to London in January.
Kanter, who is in his eighth year in the league, has been a big help for the Trail Blazers this postseason. He's averaging 15.3 points and 9.6 boards while shooting 60.6% in seven games so far the playoffs.
Portland hosts the Nuggets in Game 3 on Friday.