Enes Kanter Freedom Rumors
Freedom, 30, during a visit to Israel talked to local outlet Walla. The discussion went from missing out on offers during the NBA free-agency period to EuroLeague and the Turkey national team using naturalized players such as Shane Larkin. “Free agency is open for one month. Normally, I should have already received offers. This summer I did not receive one single offer,” he noted updating his NBA status, roughly translated with a helping hand from Google, “The reason is that I spoke out against what is happening in China in recent months. The Chinese market is a big part of the NBA business. So, they will allow talking freely about anything you want until it hurts them financially. As soon as you do that, they will cut you. It is very sad and unacceptable.”
“I am 30 years old. I can play another five or six years. I don’t intend to retire,” he explained once more, “I can’t go back to Turkey, that would be a one-way ticket.” “Keep in mind that I can’t enter Turkey and that Turkish Airlines is the name sponsor of EuroLeague,” he expanded on potentially exploring options outside of the NBA. “Honestly, I have loved Panathinaikos for many years. As a child, I watched many of their games and of Maccabi Tel Aviv,” Freedom resurfaced his connection to the Greek giant putting the Israeli powerhouse in the discussion as well.
Kanter Freedom, who famously changed his last name in reverence to his adopted country of the United States, joined Carlson to react, after damning recordings of figures including the players’ association’s general counsel surfaced. In one recording, Ron Klempner, the NBPA lawyer, said he had just spoken with the league’s counsel at the time, and that he wanted to have a “conversation about their concern right now is not so much what you are saying off the court but what it is that you’re saying on the court when you step onto the court.”
Silver’s own leaked comment spoke bluntly on the unspoken “zero criticism” rule … for the sake of doing “business.” “You’re not breaking any rule in terms of the shoes,” Silver said in the audio bit to Kanter. “There’s no rule I’m aware of that you’re violating now. To me you know. I think it’s also; look, at the end of the day, we’re also a business.”
Another recording depicted Bill Clinton-linked Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry explaining how China won’t do business with the league if athletes criticize their government, saying at one point “it’s business.” “China’s taken a very aggressive stance, which is ‘if you want to b—h about us, you’re out – which I get it, it’s business,” he said.
“This is the evidence of how a 100% American-made company is run by the Chinese dictatorship,” he told host Tucker Carlson. “And wake up America. This is the league that you have been supporting and watching. Enough is enough. And this is unacceptable.” “They are mad because finally, someone from the inside – I played 11 years in this league, I’ve finally exposed them, and I’m saying it again. Enough is enough,” he added.
The NBA responded to the tapes in a statement to “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which said Commissioner Adam Silver “made it clear that we support players, including Mr. Freedom, expressing their views on matters that are important to them.”