The Turkish government is responding by seeking an worldwide arrest warrant for Kanter and wants to extradite the outspoken center for his criticism of the government, according to ESPN News Services.
Prosecutors were seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" citing Kanter's ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
The Turkish player and critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unable to travel to London for an National Basketball Association game this week amid concerns that he could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents, so he spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, where he met with Florida Sen.
"Such remarks constitute another example of the political smear campaign Kanter has been conducting against Turkey as well as his efforts to attribute importance to himself by covering up the contradictions in his sports career", the Erdogan adviser said.
The Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for, apparently, the extradition of NBA Star Enes Kanter. For Kanter to be extradited, the United States would have to be convinced that Kanter committed a crime prosecutable in the U.S.
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"Turkish Government cannot present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing", Kanter said.
Kanter didn't travel to London this week because feared he could be assassinated for his opposition.
Describing Mr Erdogan as "the Hitler of our century", he had said: "They've got a lot of spies. I'll probably get a tampering charge or something". "It would be a very ugly situation".
"It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey - people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned, and countless lives have been ruined".
"I hope USA authorities will step forward and ensure he's able to travel freely ... because what he's accused of is ridiculous", Senator Rubio said.