Adam Silver: “I support Enes as a player in this league”

2019-01-18T12:12:37+00:00 2019-01-18T12:12:37+00:00.

Aris Barkas

18/Jan/19 12:12

Adam Silver was clear on his support to Knicks’ big man Enes Kanter.

By Eurohoops team/

Enes Kanter didn’t travel to London with the rest of the Knicks, there’s a red notice for him from Turkish authorities and NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked in London about this matter.

Silver’s support to Kanter was beyond any doubt: “My stance is that I think it’s very unfortunate that Enes Kanter is not here with the New York Knicks. I absolutely understand his reasoning why he elected not to come. Certainly there was never a suggestion from the league that he was not welcome to come on this trip. But we live in a world where these are really significant issues that he is dealing with, and I recognize that for the NBA, that by virtue of the fact that we’re a global business, we have to pay a lot of attention to these issues as well. I will say there’s nothing more important to me as the Commissioner of the league than the security and the safety of our players. So we take very seriously the threats that he’s received, even if it’s just people on social media. And again, I support Enes as a player in this league, and I support the platform that our players have to speak out on issues that are important to them“.

Kanter is probably the most outspoken critic of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and out of fear for his life he didn’t travel to Europe.