The Boston Celtics player, formerly known as Enes Kanter, recently became a US citizen and changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.
Freedom has been in full attack mode all season outside of basketball. Always the kind to speak up, he has turned his attention to China and any organization or person that continues to do business with it. As a Muslim, he mainly defended Uyghurs who are forced against their will to turn against their religion and work in concentration camps.
He lambasted LeBron James for always working with Nike, as it is well known that Nike shoes and clothing are largely made in China. Even the majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Joe Tsai, caught Freedom’s wrath for being friends with China and helping promote the Brooklyn Nets in China. The Turkish center turned its attention to Michael Jordan and how Jordan did nothing for the black community. As recently as this morning, he tweeted and lashed out at Jeremy Lin for continuing to take money from China and not showing solidarity with his homeland, Taiwan.
In the ‘Big Podcast with Shaq’, Shaquille O’Neal didn’t even want to give Freedom time to speak. However, her guest Metta Sandiford-Artest had some interesting thoughts on what Freedom said.
âI feel like it hits a bit because you can’t fault some people for doing what they’re doing. For example: you come into the league, you make a ton of money. are Michael Jordan, you ‘re not trying to waste your bread because we don’t have a lot of opportunities.
Freedom is just different from a lot of people. It probably has to do with how he is banned from his home country because of his outspokenness. He has never had any qualms about speaking out about social justice issues even if it affects his bank account.
âSome people are built differently. And I think he’s looking at it from the angle of “we’re here now in America, I’m doing something right.” But we from the trenches. I’m from New York, where the police used to plant drugs on us. We come from the trenches, we try to get there. He does not understand this role. I understand that he is looking at it from a ‘we’re going to fight for blacks’ point of view, but he doesn’t understand what goes with it. “
Sandiford-Artest offers candid reflections on so many people who have simply made partisan comments at Freedom. Unlike many of his NBA colleagues, Freedom didn’t grow up with a rough black upbringing. When people go from that to millions, it’s hard to call the establishments that sign your paychecks. Currently on a one-year contract, it will be interesting to see if he still finds a job in the NBA after this season.