Enes Kanter is a 6'11" player for the Portland Trailblazers here in LA this week to play the LA Clippers. An Interpol arrest warrant is out for Kanter who Turkish authorities are calling a terrorist, but he says he's in trouble with President Erdogon's administration because he has spoken out against the Turkish Government and continues to do so.
He tells FOX 11, "It's very sad what's going on with my country... Turkey could be the bridge between West and Modern Islam and just because of all of the stuff going on in Turkey right now it's impossible. There is no democracy... there is no freedom."
His dad goes on trial March 14th accused of trying to help a cleric in America overthrow the country. He says his dad could face 10 to 15 years in a Turkish prison. His says they hate the fact that he has a platform in America as an NBA basketball star.
He also says he is so scared he has skipped basketball games in London and Toronto for fear that he would be arrested and extradited. He says, "they call me a bad guy, even a terrorist. I want to be a voice for the people who don't have a voice and claims thousands of women and children are incarcerated as part of a Turkish crackdown on dissidents.
We have reached out to the Turkish consulate nationally and locally for a response. We have not yet received that.
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Ramona and Joan continue in this segment, but are joined by Paul Irving. He is the Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. He's also a distinguished scholar in resident at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. In this segment we talk about jobs and the aging. After all, people are living longer, retiring later and that has an impact on the job market.
A look at this week's podcast and our goodbyes.
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