Boston Celtics backup big man Enes Kanter recently made headlines for reasons other than basketball. What started as a campaign against the Chinese rulers and their human rights abuses has now turned into an all-out battle against companies, leaders and other athletes.
In the latest twist in Kanter’s ongoing social media campaign, the Celtics center called on Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai for his refusal to condemn and speak out against the CCP. In a tweet dated November 24, Enes Kanter wrote:
“The owner of @fnets of brooklyn @ joetsai1999 is a coward and a puppet of the Chinese government. Being anti-CCP does NOT mean being anti-Asian. It is possible to #StopAsianHate & stand up against the CCP. Human rights are not “Western” values, they are UNIVERSAL values! Joe Tsai’s invertebrate “
Enes Kanter’s conviction of Brooklyn Nets owner is latest of his vocal protests against the CCP
Kanter also called out Michael Jordan and LeBron James for their continued support for Nike, a company accused of using sweatshops to make products. LeBron didn’t appreciate Enes Kanter’s comments too much and claimed he wouldn’t allow the former Utah Jazz player to profit from his name. In a post-match interview, LBJ said:
“He’s definitely not someone I would give my energy to, you know, trying to use my name to create an opportunity for myself. I certainly won’t comment too much on that… He always has some sort of thing. sort of a word or two to say in my direction.
After the disappearance of Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis player, Kanter urged the IOC to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from China to another country. In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston basketball player wrote:
“And we need to take a strong stand against the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. While the Women’s Tennis Association has expressed concern for Ms. Peng, the International Olympic Committee has shockingly echoed the media rhetoric of Chinese state about his case. This is no surprise, as the IOC has ignored Beijing’s abuses for years. As athletes concerned with human rights and justice, we must do pressure on the IOC to move the games. Not all gold medals in the world are worth selling your values and principles to the Chinese Communist Party. “
Peng Shuai has since phoned Olympic officials to assure the world of his well-being.
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Despite apparent death threats and the silence of his fellow basketball players, Enes Kanter continues his campaign. It seems he is not ready to stop protesting against the apparent injustice that has become the norm in the world.