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When the New York Knicks travel across the pond to foggy London Town to face the Washington Wizards on Jan. 17, they'll be without center Enes Kanter.

Due to his ongoing feud with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kanter said he fears for his life and doesn't feel safe heading to the United Kingdom. When asked if he actually thinks he'll get killed, Kanter said, "Oh, yeah. Easy. They got a lot of spies there. I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation." 

It is unfortunate for Kanter, that speaking his mind is costing him the opportunity to do his job, and be in your fantasy lineup on Jan. 17 against the Wizards.

In 2016, he spoke out against the Turkish President following a bombing in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. Despite receiving death threats, Kanter is a big supporter of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who has been exiled from Turkey and is a known-enemy of Tayyip Erdoğan. The Turkish government accused Gülen of trying to formulate a failed military unit back in 2016. The plan never materialized, and Gülen denied his involvement in the accusation. 

All in all, Kanter is just lucky to be here on American soil, where he is safe and sound. He's been a great ambassador for the game and his sense of humor and willingness to stand up to the NBA's best is something that many fans love rooting for. So while he won't be in London later this month, he should continue to contribute to fantasy teams once the Knicks return stateside. 

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