Basketballspilleren ' Edges played for the New York Knicks in the NBA refuses to travel with his team to London to play the upcoming game against Washington in the O2 Arena.
the Reason is that the Edges are terrified to be killed.
the Sides announced his decision Friday night, after the Knicks won over the Los Angeles Lakers. The background to the decision is that the Edges, which is Turkish citizen, has distinguished himself as a loud opponent of president Recep Erdogan.
He has, among other things, referred to the president as "our century's Hitler", and in 2017 was the passport to his forfeit, and that it was issued a warrant against him, according to The Guardian.Erdogan thunders for journalist-murder: - Where is the corpse? The united STATES and Canada
Basketballspilleren believe that it will be easy to carry out an attempted murder against him in London.
They have many spies there. I think that I can be easily killed. It would have been a nasty situation, he stated Friday.
Basketballspilleren is a supporter of Erdogan-opponent Fethullah Gülen. The Turkish authorities has pointed out that Gülen to stand behind the putsch in 2016, and he now lives in the united STATES.
Edges mean that he could not travel any place except the united STATES and Canada.
Unfortunately I cannot travel because of the galningen, the Turkish president. It is very sad that this affects my career, because I want to be with and help the team. But because of a mad man, a dictator, so I can't do my job. It is very sad, stated the Edges.- Looking after my family
In an article for Time Magazine, wrote of the Edges that people often ask him about why he continues to criticize Erdogan, even if it damages his family.
But that is exactly why I say the opinions of my. Erdogans supporters are looking after my family, my friends, my neighbours, classmates of mine. I have to say what I mean, otherwise, the country will my suffer in silence, he wrote.New information after the scandal: This is the cause