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Sport Freedom: Celtics center Kanter to change name with new US citizenship

00:36  29 november  2021
00:36  29 november  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Enes Kanter, the Boston Celtics center from Turkey, will change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom when he takes US citizenship on Monday, The Athletic sports website reported.

Boston's Turkish center Enes Kanter will reportedly change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom when he takes US citizenship © Maddie Meyer Boston's Turkish center Enes Kanter will reportedly change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom when he takes US citizenship

Kanter, 29, has long been a vocal critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbing him the "Hitler of our century" in 2017.

But he hasn't reserved his criticism for Turkey, condemning the human rights record of China and calling out NBA superstar LeBron James for failing to advocate for Covid-19 vaccines and for his ties to Nike for what he believes is the company's failure to act regarding the treatment of minorities in China.

LeBron James: Enes Kanter's 'trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself'

  LeBron James: Enes Kanter's 'trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself' Enes Kanter passed Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James without exchanging a word during pregame warmups on Friday night, but the Boston Celtics center's sneakers said more than enough. One of Kanter's sneakers featured James' likeness being crowned by Chinese president Xi Jinping. The other read, "I am informed and educated on the situation," a reference to James' 2019 comments in the wake of then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of protests in Hong Kong.

"Don't forget, every time you put those shoes on your feet, or you put that T-shirt on your back, there are so many tears and so much oppression and so much blood behind it all," Kanter said in a CNN interview charging that "millions" of people from the Uyghur ethnic group are forced to work in factories in "modern day slavery."

Kanter has denounced Chinese President Xi Jinping as  a "brutal dictator" and condemned his country's policies in Tibet.

Kanter was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA draft. He is in his second stint with the Celtics in an NBA career that has also seen him play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

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