Kanter: Turkish Political Views Limits Endorsements

New York Knicks center, Enes Kanter says his views on the Turkish government has caused, Nike and other companies to shy away from deals. The Turkey born Kanter is a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused of the failed military coup last year. He has continually criticised president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter said […]

New York Knicks center, Enes Kanter says his views on the Turkish government has caused, Nike and other companies to shy away from deals.

The Turkey born Kanter is a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused of the failed military coup last year. He has continually criticised president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter said his views led to a breakdown in negotiations with Nike. He is wanted on a four-year imprisonment by prosecutors in Turkey, for tweets criticising the government.

“Outside of the court, I make almost no money because of all the Turkish stuff,” Kanter said Monday, according to published reports. “Most companies are scared to give me any contract because of what’s going on in Turkey.”

Kanter is close to hiring agent Mark Bartelstein, the CEO of Priority Sports, to aid in pursuing endorsement opportunities.

 

“If I had an agent, maybe I’ll get some Chinese shoe company or Filipino or whatever,” Kanter said, per reports. “That’s why I’m signing with him. That’s the reason.”

 

Kanter also said, according to reports, that some agents were hesitant to work with him for fear of how it might impact potential clients in Turkey.

 

“I’m lucky to have one agent,” said Kanter, who is averaging 14 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. “I haven’t signed with him yet.”

 

The 25-year-old also has to decide on his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. He has said he wants to remain with the Knicks.

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