Enes Kanter Freedom has been constantly battling it out with the Chinese government for forced laboring of the locals. The government has denied any sort of accusation in the last few months terming them completely false. Freedom, as he now goes by, has not stopped, however, calling out numerous associates and on-court rivals regularly to help bring justice.
The player initially started his season with Boston Celtics who are currently on their way to becoming potential champions this season. But it was later traded to the Houston Rockets that eventually waived him solely because of the issues that his activism could cause to the franchise. However, issues between the Asian country and the league have been very toxic over the years regardless.
The NBA’s relationship with China was already ruined before Enes Kanter Freedom
Enes Kanter Freedom has only just begun fighting for human rights in China. This was triggered because the player was called a terrorist by his own motherland of Turkey. Now that his country and he have severed ties, the player took it upon himself to help the voiceless emerge from the darkness. But NBA has not always had a friendly relationship with the Asian giant.
Back in October 2019, former general manager of the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey had caused tensions to rise between the two. He had tweeted about the conflict between Hong Kong and China which rubbed the Chinese government the wrong way. Shortly after, they banned all streaming services of NBA games. However, recently after three long years, they have finally lifted the ban due to the playoffs.
Enes Kanter Freedom lashes out after franchise owner caught investing in China
Following all the issues that had sparked over the year, the league worked tirelessly behind the scenes to restore what was lost. Recently, it was found that almost 40 owners from the league have invested a total estimate of $10 billion. Enes Kanter Freedom lashed out on Twitter saying, “Do y’all understand now why #NBA, the owners and all the fake activists love to whine and cry about everything but scared to death when it comes to China. Morals matter, until money & business are involved.”
“Let’s keep exposing the truth about these hypocrites and opportunities,” he said. This could be a dangerous situation for the American companies if anything were to go wrong, leaving them vulnerable to heavy loss. “This is a significant issues and problem that American companies have. It’s tension between those two poles… to see companies promoting social justice in the U.S. but staying silent on what would be perceived to be far worse issues in China,” said Robert Kuhn, a political advisor to the Chinese government.