‘China is buying silence and they just bought Elon Musk,’ says NBA star Freedom

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Enes Kanter Freedom is a Turkish-born basketball player who is now an American citizen and plays for the Boston Celtics. He is also a human rights activist. In an interview with AXADLETM, Freedom criticized billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk for opening a Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region, where the Uyghur minority is persecuted. He also accused Nike – the main sponsor of the NBA – of “modern slavery” in China. Ahead of the Beijing Olympics, Freedom called on athletes to raise their voices, saying the diplomatic boycott was “good but not enough”.

Enes Kanter Freedom, a Turkish-born player who plays professional basketball for the Boston Celtics, told AXADLETM that NBA superstar LeBron James was among many athletes reluctant to speak out against human rights abuses in China. He said James was inclined to remain silent because the NBA and the Nike brand he represents have huge economic interests in China. Freedom urged all athletes to educate themselves and speak up to effect change.

The NBA star said he ‘couldn’t believe’ billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk had opened a Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region, where the Uyghur minority are victims of what he calls ‘genocide “.

“China uses money to buy silence and they just bought Elon,” he told AXADLETM.

He said the diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in China decided by the US, UK and Australia was “good, but not enough”, urging athletes to make their voices heard. He said the gold medals they win were less important than their morals and values.

Freedom accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of lying when he accused US cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the failed 2016 coup against him, saying he himself spent the night of the coup with Gulen and that the monk had prayed for his country. He lamented the deteriorating human rights situation in Turkey and said Erdogan was running the country like a “mafia boss”. Freedom said it favored regime change, stressing that Erdogan would not accept normal elections.

The human rights activist officially became a US citizen on November 29, 2021 and legally changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom. He said he chose that name because so many political prisoners around the world were behind bars.

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