NBA’s Enes Kanter appears on radio show hosted by Rudy Giuliani
U.S. lawyer Rudy Giuliani hosted Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter, in a radio programme on Friday.
Both men are affiliated with individuals who played important roles in straining Turkish-U.S. relations after Turkey’s 2016 coup attempt.
Kanter is known for his close ties to the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, the head of a religious movement and former ally to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who Ankara accuses of masterminding the failed putsch on July 15.
Giuliani is an ally to U.S. President Donald Trump and a lawyer who represented Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who implicated high-ranking Turkish politicians in a scheme to evade American sanctions on Iran.
Giuliani also consulted with senior Turkish officials, including Erdoğan, to seek Gülen’s extradition from the United States and has been involved in initiatives on behalf of Turkey.
Kanter and Giuliani spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected sports in the United States and the impact on the Celtic player’s career on 77WABC Radio.
The interview concluded with Giuliani inviting Kanter to another interview on events in Turkey.
“You also have some strong views on what’s going on (in Turkey),” the lawyer said. “We really would like get some time, at some point, maybe we’ll do a podcast, and we’ll go into what’s going on in Turkey because I really would be interested in finding out about that.”
“You are a real credit to your sport and to the decent people in your country,” he said.
Kanter said later on Twitter that he had “an amazing conversation” with the New York attorney