One’s Edges happens to be the most vindictive of the NBA. He is the most vocal and also the most active on social media when it comes to denouncing injustices in the world. His political scramble began in his native Turkey, criticizing the country’s president Erdogan. That confrontation cost him serious problems such as death threats, persecution of his relatives in Turkey and even the government’s ban on a possible return of the player.
Since then, Edges it has continued its campaign for justice in the world and has focused its attacks on China and its communist government. Since the beginning of the season, he has been the protagonist of this crusade, trying to draw attention to a conflict that goes far beyond politics and into mistreating the Uyghur community, Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In the first game of the season at Madison, Enes Kanter came with his Celtics and, although he did not play, he quickly drew attention to his sneakers in which you could read the message ‘Free Tibet’. In a recent interview with CNN, Kanter reveals that the NBA wanted to force him to remove his sneakers:
“I remember it was our first match“Kanter explained.” It was at Madison Square Garden and I put on some sneakers with the ‘Free Tibet’ message. I remember just before the game, two guys from the NBA came up to me and they told me: “You have to take off your shoes, we beg you.”
Kanter reacts with a face of disbelief in the interview, showing the face he made then: “How? What are you talking about”, the pvot replied. Obviously Kanter ignored the request: “I told them that if I had violated any rule and they said no. There are 27 amendments and the most important is freedom of expression. I told them, ‘I know my rights, you cannot take away my rights. I don’t care if they fine me, I’m not taking off my shoes. “
Kanter went on to recount the surreal night, adding that NBA emissaries not only warned him of possible fines, but of penalties without playing. Later, Kanter acknowledged that both men went to apologize with him for his behavior.
Enes Kanter does not understand that double side that the League shows: “It’s the NBA that encourages me to do these things. Every time one of the NBA teams or the commissioner comes out and speaks, they encourage the players to talk about what they think or want. We are giving freedom to our players to talk about all the injustices happening around the world, human rights abuses around the world, so they basically encouraged me to do this. “
In the interview with CNN, Kanter revealed a meeting with Commissioner Adam Silver regarding his campaign against China: “He supported me and the League … but I don’t know to what extent he was sincere. I think if they really supported me, they would have said something publicly, a statement or something. Boston Celtics games are banned in China and this is unacceptable. “