Enes Freedom acclaimed in first game since name change (video)
Days after legally changing his name, Enes Kanter Freedom overheard him announce when he was playing for the first time in an NBA game.
Freedom entered Wednesday night’s home game against the 76ers midway through the first quarter and received a loud standing ovation from the Boston crowd. He greeted the seats shortly after entering the pitch.
Freedom recently made headlines for commenting on Lakers star LeBron James, saying he would like to “educate” James about human rights abuses in China. Freedom has criticized James and Nike in the past for not talking about the subject.
“Of course I would love to sit down and talk to her,” Freedom told reporters Tuesday, according to ESPN. “I’m sure it’s going to be a very uncomfortable conversation for him. I don’t know if he’s going to want this. I’m going to make it really comfortable for him.
“I don’t know if he’s educated enough, but I’m here to educate him and I’m here to help him, because it’s not about money. It’s about morals, principles and This is what you stand for. There are things much more important than money. If LeBron stopped making money now, his grandchildren, his grandchildren and his grandchildren could have the best life ever. “
Freedom also called Nike and its co-founder, Phil Knight, on Instagram for what he called “slave labor camps” in China. He also tagged James and Michael Jordan in his post.
“Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America, but when it comes to China, Nike remains silent,” Kanter said, in an article with the hashtags #HypocriteNike and #EndUyghurForcedLabor.
“You are not talking about police brutality in China, you are not talking about discrimination against the LGBTQ community, you are not saying a word about the oppression of minorities in China, you are afraid to speak out.”
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