New York Knicks center Enes Kanter missed Thursday’s practice because of an illness, and although the exact contagion has not been identified, there are plenty of suspects: seven cheeseburgers, three eggs, a pile of French fries and a large soda.
‘After a long trip, I’m doing my cheat day,’ the 6foot10 26-year-old native of Turkey said in a video posted to his
Kanter is actually known as a healthy eater, but given the amount of calories a professional athlete burns daily, he is capable of consuming thousands of calories in a single sitting.
Or rather, he thought he was capable of consuming that much food because when the Knicks practiced on Thursday, he was nowhere to be found. According to the Knicks, Kanter was dealing with an ‘illness,’ although the team did not elaborate beyond that.
Kanter is actually known as a healthy eater, but given the amount of calories a professional athlete burns daily, he is capable of consuming thousands of calories in a single sitting
According to the Knicks, Kanter was dealing with an ‘illness,’ although the team did not say whether or not his mountain of french fries or seven cheeseburgers factored into the problem
Kanter’s teammate Mario Hezonja poked fun on Instagram, using the ‘sick’ emoji above an array of hamburger graphics.
Athletes are known to pig out. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps famously ate 12,000 calories a day at the height of his career.
The 10-31 Knicks host the 27-14 Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Kanter had been dealing with bigger problems than a food hangover in recent days.
Kanter’s teammate Mario Hezonja poked fun on Instagram, using the ‘sick’ emoji above an array of hamburger graphics
He was recently accused of a ‘political smear campaign’ against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, who now serves Erdogan’s advisor on sports.
A Turkish national facing imprisonment in his home country for his ties to the opposition Hizmet movement, Kanter said Saturday that he will not travel with the Knicks when the team plays in London against the Washington Wizards on January 17 over fears that Erdogan could have him killed.
A Knicks spokesman told the Daily Mail that Kanter would actually be missing the trip because of a visa issue. His Turkish passport was cancelled in 2017, resulting in Kanter being detained at a Romanian airport.
‘We know that he has not been able to travel to many countries due to visa issues since 2017,’ read the statement Turkoglu posted on Twitter.
Enes Kanter is listed at 6foot11 and 250 pounds, although those numbers may not be accurate
Kanter responded to Turkoglu by tweeting a picture of what he called his ‘travel document,’ which he claims would have allowed him to travel to London, were he not fearful for his life.
He previously received a U.S. green card, according to reports, allowing him to remain in the U.S. indefinitely while also permitting him to travel to Canada for games against the Toronto Raptors – the NBA’s only franchise that is not in the United States.
At Monday’s shootaround prior to the Knicks game in Portland, Kanter insisted that Turkoglu, his former teammate on Turkey’s men’s team, was being told what to say.
‘It’s probably not [Turkoglu], but the president making him say it,’ Kanter told reporters. ‘If you look at his Twitter, it’s German, English and Turkish. It’s three languages, and he doesn’t even know German. They’re probably making him do it. He’s kind of like his puppy dog. Lap dog is better. He probably got so much money for that.
‘They don’t understand the conversation and it’s very confusing,’ added Kanter, as quoted by ESPN. ‘It’s not a visa issue. … I have a travel document…. I can travel.’
Turkoglu’s statement accused Kanter of intentionally trying to hurt British-Turkish relations
Kanter responded to Turkoglu’s accusation on Twitter by sharing his own travel documents
Kanter currently faces four years in a Turkish prison for insulting Erdogan, whom the NBA star has repeatedly referred to as ‘The Hitler of our century.’
Since 2016, when he survived an attempted coup, Erdogan has been cracking down on the media and political opponents, leading to thousands of arrests. A New York Times report claimed Erdogan has jailed or fired thousands accused of conspiring in the failed coup.
Kanter claims his documents would have allowed him to travel to London were he not living in fear of being assassinated by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, who the government accuses of masterminding the failed military coup in 2016.
Gülen, who reportedly lives in exile in Pennsylvania, has denied the allegation.
On Saturday in Los Angeles, Kanter explained why he would not be going to London for the game against Washington.
‘Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,’ Kanter told reporters.
‘It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.
‘They’ve got a lot of spies there,’ he continued when asked about London. ‘I can get killed very easy. That will be a very ugly situation.’
It’s not known if Kanter any specific threat connected with the London game, but has previously claimed to have had his life threatened.
Hedo Turkoglu (left) and Enes Kanter (right) were briefly teammates during EuroBasket 2011
Turkoglu and Kanter briefly played together during the EuroBasket tournament in 2011