Enes Kanter Freedom – a basketball player for the Boston Celtics, recently spoke out against China and showed solidarity with those suffering human rights violations in China and his home country of Turkey. Freedom recently spoke with Southern California Congresswoman Young Kim, who has also been vocal about the human rights violations in China.
🏀@EnesKanter has been a voice of reason for global human rights & calling out corporate hypocrisy. I enjoyed speaking with him today & will keep working on policies on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to #StopUyghurGenocide, #SupportTaiwan & #StandWithHongKong. pic.twitter.com/VLzOzOYuot
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) November 9, 2021
Representative Young Kim voiced her support of Freedom after speaking out against forced labor in China. Kim has said in previous statements that America “must send a united, clear message” against Chinese abuses.
Kim recently congratulated Freedom on his newly received United States citizenship, during which he formally changed his name from Enes Kanter to Enes Kanter Freedom.
America is a beacon of freedom and opportunity on the world stage. That’s what brought my family here decades ago and why I’m working in Congress to ensure future generations can achieve their dream.
Congratulations and welcome home, Mr. Freedom! 🇺🇸🗽 https://t.co/jfRIqorLV9
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) November 30, 2021
Freedom is a long-time critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but recently turned his attention to China for its policies in Tibet and its treatment of Uyghurs. This Turkic ethnic minority lives predominantly in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its most prominent sponsor, Nike, have close relationships with China as it sees tremendous growth potential for its products in the region.
“Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America, but when it comes to China, Nike remains silent,” the NBA player said in a video posted to his social media last month. “You do not address police brutality in China, you do not speak about discrimination against the LGBTQ community, you do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China. You are scared to speak up.”
Freedom even called out one of the most famous basketball players of this generation, Lebron James, before a matchup between the Celtics and Lakers.
“Money over Morals for the ‘King,'” Freedom wrote on Twitter. “Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice… They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”