Turkish NBA star: Why I can't leave the USA
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New York Knicks star Enes Kanter: Why I can't leave the USA

NBA team the New York Knicks will be playing against the Washington Wizards in London on Thursday - but the Knicks will be without star player Enes Kanter.

The 26-year-old centre has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who he's called "a dictator" - and says he's afraid he'll be sent back to Turkey if he gets on a plane to London.

Turkish media reports that an international arrest warrant has been issued for the NBA star.

Interview by Radio 1 Newsbeat's Nomia Iqbal

Video edited by Jimmy Blake

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  • 17 Jan 2019