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Enes Kanter Puts His Money Here His Mouth Is

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The National Basketball Association is a microcosm of the political left – putting a facade up for social justice while openly supporting the worst opponent of it all for the almighty dollar. The league ammonites itself the ambassador for Black Lives Matter, but has an intimate relationship with a country that openly commits human rights violations and has become the United States’ most lethal global enemy in every facet.

But there is one player who has the brains and balls to call all of this out and that is Enes Kanter. Many people who are not fans of basketball may not even have known who he was before he spoke out (even though he has done so on a smaller scale in the past), but the center from Turkey has become a mainstream news headline for this latest stance.

His viral Instagram post has deservedly received a lot of positive feedback and in it he stated the following with a very stoic matter-of-fact tone:

“Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America, but when it comes to China, Nike remains silent,” Kanter said. “You do not address police brutality in China, you do not speak about discrimination against the LGBTQ community, you do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China, you are scared to speak up. Who makes the shoes in China? Do you even know? There are so many forced labor factories in China.”

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The NBA has been beholden to China and commissioner Adam Silver must be cringing, as must Nike co-founder Phil Knight, who Kanter blasted for the company’s ‘stance’ against all the so-called social injustices in America, while turning a blind eye to what actually occurs in China where their product is made in abhorrent conditions in forced labor camps by the Uyghurs, the Muslim minority in the communist nation. Kanter challenged Knight to accompany him to China to see for themselves what is actually taking place there.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan did not get off easy, both whom Kanter tagged in the post with, “You guys are invited, too.”

Predictably, the NBA nor Nike has released a statement or comment as of this writing.


It’s about time that someone – a direct insider – directly criticized the NBA and Nike for their hypocritical stance for bowing down to China and their dictator leader President Xi Jinping for profit. Expect the pedestrian yet-effective journeyman center to be released by Boston for “basketball reasons,” but it will be quite obvious who pressed that eject button.

That may be the best thing for Kanter, who has become an activist for not only the victims of the Chinese Communist Party, but also against the leader of his home country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Two years ago, Turkey issued an INTERPOL international arrest warrant against Kanter with the accusation that he is a part of a terrorist organization there. As a result, Kanter has been exempt at times from traveling outside of the USA when his team plays either in Canada or overseas.

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