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Enes Kanter's father released from Turkish prison, Celtics center says

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Enes Kanter shared some encouraging news for his family Friday via Twitter.

The Boston Celtics center said his father, Mehmet, has been released from prison in his native Turkey seven years after his arrest.

Kanter's father, a genetics professor at Istanbul University, was acquitted of terrorism charges Thursday, according to Reuters. He was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly supporting Fethullah Gulen, who was accused of leading a coup to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.

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Kanter has been an ardent critic of Erdogan's regime -- which revoked the 28-year-old's passport and has banned him from returning to Turkey -- and continued that criticism Friday on Twitter.

Kanter also shared the news on Instagram, where Celtics teammate Vincent Poirier offered his support, writing, "Big time" in the comment section.

Kanter currently is in Boston getting back into shape as he prepares for the return of the 2019-20 season, and this news certainly should buoy his spirits.

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