Enes Kanter knows how to choose his enemies. After his open war against Recep Erdogan, the Turkish president, who triggered an international arrest warrant against him, and cut him off from his entire family, his father having been arrested and imprisoned for several years, the Celtics’ pivot has now decided to attack China.
In each game since the start of the season, Enes Kanter has posted messages against the Chinese government and during the duel between the Celtics and the Hornets, he has “customized” his shoes to criticize Nike.
Does Nike manufacture its products in factories in Xinjiang?
“Nike remains talkative about injustice [aux États-Unis], but on China, Nike remains silent “, he explains in a video, accompanied by the hashtags NikeHypocrite and # ArrêtezLeTravailForcéDesOuigours. “You don’t talk about police brutality in China, you don’t talk about discrimination against the LGBT community, you don’t say a word about the oppression of minorities in China, you are too afraid to speak. “
Enes Kanter’s shoes were covered in fake drops of blood, accompanied by the message “Modern-day slavery,” as he asks Nike if his shoes are produced in factories in Xinjiang, where China is waging a fierce crackdown on the Uighur Muslim community, of which more than a million members are said to be in “internment and re-education camps”, being subjected to forced labor.
“Who makes your shoes in China? Do you only know? “ adds Enes Kanter. “There are so many forced labor factories in China. For example Uighur forced labor is modern slavery, and it is happening right now in China. Millions of Uighurs are currently detained, sold and assigned to work in forced labor camps, which are like prisons, in factories across the country. “
Already questioned on the subject, Nike had assured earlier in the year, in a press release, to have ensured with its Chinese suppliers that its products were not produced in factories in Xinjiang, and that they were not produced. ‘did not use textiles from this region.
The mute NBA, Brad Stevens supports his freedom of expression
In any case, Enes Kanter does not intend to be silent, as Chinese broadcasters have started to boycott Celtics matches following his first statements against the Middle Empire, and in particular against Xi Jinping.
Already confronted with a similar situation with the “famous” tweet of Daryl Morey on Hong Kong, the NBA has so far not reacted on the statements of Enes Kanter. Asked about the subject, and its consequences, the president of the Celtics, Brad Stevens, explained to him that his pivot had the right to say what he wanted.
“My conversation with Enes was very brief, and we will always support our players and their right to freedom of speech and expression. In my experience with the Celtics and the NBA, this is how things have always been and this is how they will continue to be ”, he replied to the Boston Globe.
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