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NBA Player Enes Kanter Announces He Passed US Citizenship Test

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Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter announced he passed his citizenship test and will be sworn in as a U. S. citizen by the end of the month.

“It’s the greatest country in the world,” he said during a Fox News interview Wednesday. “I passed my citizenship test, and at the end of this month, I am getting sworn in and becoming an official American citizen, and I cannot wait.”

The NBA player was born in Switzerland but was a Turkish citizen. His passport was revoked in 2017 after he fiercely criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for alleged human rights violations. Kanter has previously said he believes he would be killed if he returns to Turkey.

In his interview on Fox and Friends , Kanter defended his public criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party and the pushback he has faced.

He said that during a game in Madison Square Garden, he wore “free Tibet” shoes and was asked by NBA officials to take them off. He said he refused to take them off, citing the First Amendment.

Kanter noted he had been a vocal critic of Turkey and Erdogan but never got pushback from the NBA. But when he started criticizing China, he started … (Read more)

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