The Boston Celtics big guy sat with CNN’s Pamela Brown and took a dig at the Basketball Legend Michael Jordan, and called LA Lakers’ superstar LeBron James better. Earlier this week, Enes ridiculed LeBron James for choosing profit over morality when the supercar launched a shoe brand with Nike.
Earlier this year Western brands like Nike, Adidas, and H&M faced a backlash for their use of Xinjiang cotton; a place that has been witness to severe exploitation of human rights, especially against the Muslim Uyghur Ethnic minority.
Though China has usually denied the allegation their online forum of these brands who had a connection with Xinjiang were full of adverse retaliation from people all over the world. These brands decided to stop using this cotton.
Enes has called out all the people who have connected themselves with Nike, a brand that according to him is generating profits through concentration camps.
Enes Kanter disparages LeBron James and Michel Jordan
Kanter thinks that Michael Jordan has done nothing for the Black Community other than just selling his Air Jordans and earning money. In his interview with CNN, he claimed that “Michael Jordan has not done anything for the black community because he cares too much about his shoe sales.”
He further continued, “Michael Jordan hasn’t done anything, nothing, for the Black community in America besides just, you know, giving them money. I feel like we need to call out these athletes. At least LeBron James is going out there and being the voice of all those people who are oppressed in America.”
Enes has been very vocal about human rights exploitation in china. His views on players signing deals with Nike make him feel that the players are losing their humanistic and moral side. He said, “Every time you put your shoes on, you put that T-shirt on your back, there is so much blood and sweat and oppression on those items, so please, think twice before you buy any of their stuff.”
He also feels that the Lakers superstar cares about nothing but his public reputation and how to be remunerative. King James did revert back to Enes’ statement and called it a publicity stunt to make an opportunity for himself.
Enes Kanter’s activist opinion shad resulted in Boston Celtics games being banned in China.
The NBA Twitter obviously has a lot of input in this matter.