Controversial ex-Celtic makes serious allegations against NBA


Getty ]Enes Kanter # 11 des Celtics de Boston.

Enes Kanter Freedom continues to speak out on the NBA. Freedom, who hasn’t played an NBA game since the Boston Celtics traded him to the Houston Rockets — where he was quickly waived — took to Twitter to express what he sees as an injustice in the NBA.

Freedom alleged that an NBA assistant coach – whose name has been kept anonymous by the former Celtics center – quit his job because he felt attacked for openly expressing his conservative views. After posting the conversation he had with this assistant coach, Freedom went on to say that what this coach went through was unacceptable.

Just had a chat with one of the @NBA assistant coaches. He’s been attacked throughout the season because 1) Who he supports, 2) He’s a Republican. He felt so uncomfortable and he quit his job at the end of the year.

This is unacceptable.

— Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) August 13, 2022

Freedom has not publicly stated that he is a conservative, but on February 7, 2022, it was confirmed that Freedom would be a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), strongly implying that he was leaning into the political spectrum.

It’s hard to know where Freedom really sits on the political spectrum, as he openly criticized former US President Donald Trump in 2016 and backed current President Joe Biden when he was president-elect.

Congratulations to my great friend, President-elect @JoeBiden 🇺🇸

Thank you for supporting the innocent people in Turkey, defending democracy, freedom, human rights and opposing dictatorship in Turkey since day one.

— Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) November 7, 2020

No matter where he is, one thing is for sure, Freedom will say what he thinks about a topic if he feels he needs to talk about it. Even if, according to the horse’s mouth, his teammates told him to stop.

Liberty was warned by Celtics teammates

In an interview with ReasonTV, Freedom said that during his second round in Boston, several teammates warned him that speaking out against Nike and China would lead to the end of his NBA career once the season was over.

“I remember my teammates coming up to me one by one in the locker room and saying, ‘You know this is your last year, right?’ You won’t be able to get a contract after that. They said to me: ‘Listen, you are attacking Nike’. You attack China. You will never play another minute for this league again. I was like, wow, they were really telling me (that) this is it. Just because I was talking about the situation happening in China. I exhibit Nike and other companies and stuff.

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Freedom still insisted on speaking out and continues to do so. He believes speaking out against China led to the NBA blackballing him.

Freedom says talking ended her career

In an interview with Israeli outlet Walla, Freedom said that because his remarks about China could potentially hurt NBA profits, the league kicked him out.

“Listen, the Chinese market is an important part of NBA business,” Freedom explained. “So they will allow you to speak freely about whatever you want until it hurts them. As soon as you do that, they will cut you off. It is very sad and unacceptable. »

Freedom added that he doesn’t regret what he said because he believes what he stands for is bigger than his basketball career.

“I knew in advance that I was going to pay this price, and I have no regrets. These things are bigger than me, bigger than the NBA, and bigger than basketball. While I’m drooling in America people are being killed all over the world or imprisoned and tortured in prisons. If that’s the sacrifice I have to make, I’m willing to live with it.

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