A Romanian border police spokesman confirmed Kanter had been stopped but said the basketball player was never detained and had been free to move about the airport, until he left on a flight for London.
Kanter was able to board a plane to London - which is still part of the European Union, as is Romania - later that day, where he and his manager met a rep from Homeland Security. Kanter has been a harsh critic of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling him a "dictator" and the "Hitler of our century".
Enes Kanter is back in the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport when the Turkish government cancelled his passport. Kanter will hold a press conference at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning in NY.
The Thunder star said on his Twitter he discovered his passport was canceled while at the Bucharest airport.
The United States "is my home now", Kanter said Monday.
"The reason behind it is of course, my political views", said Kanter on Twitter. On Monday, the center said he hadn't spoken to his parents in more than a year. And I believe that when I leave this set, when I leave this room, I'm going to keep getting death threats. He was awoken early in the morning, around 2:30 a.m., by his manager Mevlut "Hilmi" Cinar, who said authorities were looking for him, and that the Turkish government wanted to talk. "Right now, even if I tried to communicate with my parents, my mom, my dad, my brother or sister, they would probably right now listen on their phones and as soon as they are in contact with me they'll put them in a jail". I have a green card.
"(Erdogan) is a bad, bad man", Kanter says on the video.
"They've been holding us here for hours, by these two police [officers]", Kanter, who turned 25 on Saturday, said. Kanter has thrown his support behind Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric who lives in the United States and is a major source of tension between the US and Turkey. "It would definitely be nice". "So we didn't know what to do", said Kanter.
-Kanter said he didn't know when he was coming back to Oklahoma City, but that he'd run into Thunder teammate Nick Collison in New York City on Monday. "I hope the world is going to do something about it". "I love Turkey, I love my country, but I'm just trying to speak up and be the voice of the innocent people".
The 6-foot-11-inch center, whose team was eliminated from the National Basketball Association playoffs, was traveling on a charity and promotional tour.