It's supposed to be a simple question: Where are you from?
We're asked that question countless times throughout our lives and the answer isn't meant to change. But when Knicks C Enes Kanter receives that question, he doesn't have an easy answer anymore.
"People ask me now where I am from and I don't know what I am supposed to say," Kanter said, via Holly McKay of Fox News. "I was born in Switzerland and supposedly I am from Turkey. But I am no longer from Turkey. They canceled my passport and don't want me."
Kanter, for his public criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is considered a terrorist by his home country. His family that remains in the country is stuck because of him.
"My family in Turkey can't even come to America, they can't even leave the country," Kanter said. "It is pretty sad, just because of me they are going through all these tough times. They raided my family's house a year ago, they took all their electronics and laptops and everything. They wanted to see if I am still in contact with them. If I send one single message to them, they will go to jail."
For his efforts, Kanter receives "three or four" weekly death threats.
"I don't just get hate mail. I get three or four death threats every week. With death threats - you just never know," Kanter said. "It's pretty crazy. I used to take a screenshot of them, but after a while I was getting so many, I decided I wasn't going to bother and waste my time anymore. It's pretty disgusting."