Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter Freedom continued to call LA Lakers’ LeBron James on Tuesday after practice. Freedom, who recently became a US citizen, wants to educate James on human rights issues in the Republic of China.
In a report of ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Freedom spoke to the media after Tuesday’s Celtics practice and wore a “Freedom for Uyghur” jersey. The 29-year-old big man, who has called out China, Nike, LeBron James and Michael Jordan among others, has used his status as an NBA player to be a human rights activist.
One of the things Enes Kanter Freedom has told the press is that he is willing to “educate” LeBron James on human rights issues regarding China. Freedom is ready to have a private conversation with James and help him make changes. He also mentioned that “The King” no longer needs the money since future generations of his family will have a good life.
“Of course, I would love to sit down and talk to him. I’m sure it’s going to be a very uncomfortable conversation for him. I don’t know if he’s going to want that. I’m going to make it really comfortable for him. . I I don’t know if he’s educated enough, but I’m here to educate him and I’m here to help him, because it’s not about the money,” Enes Kanter told Freedom.
“It’s about morals and principles and values. It’s about what you stand for. There are far more important things than money. If LeBron stopped making money now, his little ones -kids, grandkids and grandkids could have the best life ever,” Freedom added.
Enes Kanter Freedom has called out Nike and LeBron James for keeping quiet about alleged forced labor of Uyghur people in China. According to Simina Mistreanu by Forbes, a study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that Nike and 87 other multinationals are linked to forced labor factories in China.
Meanwhile, LeBron James has an estimated net worth of around $850 million as of 2021. The LA Lakers star is set to become a billionaire once he retires due to his total salary from playing in the NBA , money from sponsorships and income from business ventures.
It’s likely that Enes Kanter Freedom’s comments about future generations of LeBron James living the best life will turn out to be true.
LeBron James and Enes Kanter Freedom talk about their November 19 meeting
On November 18, LeBron James and the LA Lakers visited Enes Kanter Freedom and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. It was James’ return from injury, but the Lakers lost to the Celtics. Freedom and James both played, but there was no confrontation.
After the game, James finally broke his silence on Freedom’s criticism of him, Michael Jordan and Nike. “The King” said he didn’t want to give Freedom energy but added he was ready to have a word with his critic. James also mentioned that they had a chance to talk in the hallway, but Freedom walked right past him.
In the same report by Tim Bontemps, Enes Kanter recalled that it was LeBron James who passed him right after the match.
“I was actually on the pitch and after I left the pitch he was behind me. … Then I stopped to take a picture with a kid, and he was the one who walked right past me,” said Freedom.
The problem between Enes Kanter Freedom and LeBron James seems to be far from solved. The Boston Celtics and LA Lakers will face off on December 7 at Staples Center. It will be interesting to see if the two players will be on the pitch together or if they finally meet in private and talk about China’s alleged human rights abuses of the Uyghur people.
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