If LeBron James wants to have a conversation with Enes Freedom – formerly Enes Kanter before becoming a U.S. citizen on Monday – Freedom says he’s ready.
âI’m sure it’s going to be a very uncomfortable conversation for him,â Freedom said. âI don’t know if he’s educated enough, but I’m here to educate him and I’m here to help him. “
Freedom called James earlier this year for his partnership with Nike – a company Freedom has repeatedly targeted for alleged supply chain links to human rights violations. After the Celtics played against the Lakers, James asserted Liberty walked beside him without speaking.
Freedom disputed this version of events, claiming he had stopped to take a photo with a child and that James was the one passing by.
âThe players have to do their research, and they have to educate themselves before they put their signature on paper and sign the lifetime agreements and everything, because obviously everyone knows what I think about some of the sponsors that we have, “Freedom said. “Nike, mine [is] the biggest hypocritical business out there. â¦ I feel like we have to be careful what we wear because every time you put these items on your feet or back there is so much blood, sweat or tightness on these items. So be careful. “
Here are some other takeaways from the Freedom press conference.
He doesn’t regret going to Tucker Carlson’s.
Freedom made its appearance on the Controversial program from the Fox News host Monday after becoming a citizen, where he was criticized on Twitter for saying Americans who criticize America should “just keep their mouths shut and stop criticizing the world’s greatest nation” and “focus on their freedoms, their human rights and democracy “.
He defended his decision to appear on Carlson’s show to reporters on Tuesday.
âI never had a camp,â Freedom said. âI’m not a Democrat, or I’m not a Republican. You know, I said it from day one. Some of the things that I do, people can get it wrong, because I don’t do politics. I do human rights. There is a thin but huge line between human rights and politics.
He had a productive conversation with Adam Silver
Freedom gave the league a headache when its position resulted in the Celtics taking the Celtics off television in China. He said he had a conversation with Adam Silver about his shoes, which fueled much of the drama.
âI was like, ‘If there are any rules that I break or break, let me know. I’ll be the first to follow,â Freedom said. âAnd he said,’ No, you don’t break any rules. âAnd I was like, ‘Adam, you are the ones who tell us and encourage the players to stand up for what’s right, not just the issues in America, but all over the world. you who encouraged me to talk about all the violations that are happening in the world, haven’t you? âAnd he said to me,â Look, you have the freedom to say whatever you want. â
“And I was like, ‘I appreciate that.'”
He added that the Celtics – especially his teammates – have been very supportive. After claiming on social media that he was on the bench for his positions, he spoke to Ime Udoka, who told him that was not the reason.
âAfter that discussion, I played all the games,â Freedom said. âI mean, yeah, that’s how I was feeling, and I said it, and Coach Ime came over to me and told me that wasn’t the situation. And I said , ‘OK.’ And after that discussion, I played pretty much every game.
It should be noted that Robert Williams has only played two games since Freedom returned to the rotation, and he got injured halfway through one of them.
He is delighted to be a citizen
Freedom signed the papers for become a citizen Monday, waving a small American flag after the judge made it official.
On Tuesday, he shared a brief story that he was shocked when a teammate called the president in 2009, telling him to be careful.
âHe turned around and started laughing at me,â Freedom said. âHe said to me, ‘Brother, don’t worry. It is not Turkey.
âBut in America, of course, people are very lucky to be in this situation. They have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press.
Her favorite nickname?
âSir. Freedom,â Freedom said with a chuckle.
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