Speaking his mind about Turkey's president could land Enes Kanter in prison for a lengthy amount of time.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking a prison term of more than four years for the former Utah Jazz player on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Associated Press reported based on information from Turkey's state-run news agency.
Az bile demişim o Şerefsize.— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) December 20, 2017
Bir 4 de benden koy usta.!!!!
Kanter tweeted in Turkish about the report on Wednesday. According to Reuters, his message translates to: "I have said less than that honorless (man) deserves. Add another 4 years for me, master."
Kanter's Twitter account is blocked in Turkey. He has 526,000 followers.
Kanter, now with the New York Knicks, who was born in Switzerland but grew up in Turkey, is vocal in his support of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The religious leader has been blamed for a failed military coup.
The Istanbul chief prosecutor's office prepared an indicment accusing the 6-foot-11 center of insulting the Turkish president on Twitter, according to Turkey's Anadolu Agency.
Kanter, who lives full-time in the United States and hopes to become an American citizen, would be tried in absentia, the AP reported. He was temporarily detained in Romania in May after Turkey canceled his Turkish passport before U.S. officials helped him return.
"Right now I am country-less," Kanter told reporters at the National Basketball Players Association headquarters in Manhattan after the incident. "I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen."
Kanter called Erdogan the "Hitler of our century" at that same news conference.
Earlier this year, ESPN chronicled Kanter's ongoing issues with his homeland after the Turkish government issued an arrest warrant accusing him of being a member of Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen Movement, which it considers a terror group:
"Gulen, a Muslim spiritual leader, has spent the past 15 years in exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen has denied claims of involvement with the coup.
"Kanter appeared to mock the arrest warrant in his native Turkish as part of a retweet of the Daily Sabah's report.
"The warrant 'refers to Kanter's alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock, (pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily) Sabah said, which Turkey claims was especially created for Gulen supporters.'
"In Turkey, Kanter's Twitter account is blocked. In the Daily Sabah last summer, Kanter's father, Mehmet, announced the family was disowning him. Kanter said he hasn't spoken with his family in almost two years."
Kanter played for Utah from 2011 — after the Jazz drafted him third overall out of Kentucky — until his wish for a trade was granted in February 2015. The big man was then with the Oklahoma City Thunder for a season and a half before being shipped to New York in the Carmelo Anthony deal.