After speculation About the illness of the Turkish presidentNBA player and Turkish opponent Enis Kanter proposed to Recep Tayyip Erdogan to participate in a basketball game, via a post on his official account on “Twitter”.
Kanter explained that if he loses the match he will return to Turkey with the first plane, but if Erdogan loses the match he must stop torturing people and free all political prisoners.
I see you @RTErdogan
Let’s play 1 on 1.
If I lose I will come back to Turkey with the first flight and I am all yours but if you lose you must stop torturing people and free all the political prisoners who are suffering in prison.
-Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 3, 2021
The invitation came after the publication of a video of President Erdogan playing basketball.
The video was published following an article by a Turkish journalist in an American magazine, “Foreign Policy”, in which he claimed that President Erdogan’s health was deteriorating.
Journalist Stephen A. Cook had published an article in which he said that President Erdogan may be so ill that he could not rule Turkey.
A day after the article was published, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun shared a 3-second video of Erdogan playing basketball on Twitter.
After a whole week of spreading information about President Erdogan’s illness, the Turkish presidency issued a statement on the president’s health, denying the information circulating.
Altun denied Erdogan’s illness and said mainstream media suffers from misinformation, which is the same problem that social media suffers from, he said, describing how easily he spread what he said. called “lies” as worrying.
It should be noted that Anis Kanter, a professional with the Boston Celtic team, is among those that President Erdogan asks the United States to deport them to Turkey, claiming that they are terrorists affiliated with the “Service Movement”, but these requests do not receive a positive response due to the lack of evidence against them.