NBA free agent Enes Kanter Freedom calls China ‘a real threat to the world’

The Chinese regime is “a real threat to the world” right now, former NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom said during an interview with NTD News, a sister media outlet of the Epoch Times, on a special webinar on “The Case for Decoupling From China”. ” on the Capitol.

“No one can invade [the] USA from outside, but they [the Chinese regime] are trying to invade the US from the inside, trying to take over Wall Street, trying to take over [the] sports world, the NBA, Hollywood, Big Tech and even Congress,” Freedom said at the online event on Sept. 20.

During the webinar, the human rights advocate recounted how he lost his basketball career for raising awareness of the regime’s human rights issues by wearing shoes with various artworks including slogans such as “Free China, Free Tibet” during NBA games.

Freedom was released by the Houston Rockets shortly after being traded to the Boston Celtics on February 10. He was one of the highest-rated backup centers statistically in the NBA and believes his activism cost him his career.

As Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on September 20 again called for re-establishing cooperation between China and the United States, Freedom said the regime needs to correct its human rights behavior first.

“First of all, they need to understand while we are talking, genocide [is] happening. … They need to free millions of people. And also they need to stop persecuting our Congress and the Tibetans and Chinese and all these people,” Freedom said.

“If they want to do something like this, first of all they need to know how to act.”

The athlete-activist emphasized that “human life comes first”.

According to Freedom, his teammates, coaches, fans and everyone in the NBA ignored him for his outspokenness against the PCC.

This makes him feel that his path to fighting the regime has been a very lonely one, he said, but he said he would continue his activism work.

Born in Switzerland to Turkish parents, Freedom was raised in Turkey and moved to the United States as a teenager. He recently launched the Enes Kanter Freedom Foundation to help fight for religious freedom and human rights around the world.

“I feel sorry for the Chinese people, Chinese citizens… they have to deal with one of the biggest… dictators in the world,” he said.

“I have no problem with Chinese people. Our problem is with the Chinese government because they are a real threat to the world.”

“We have to do what we can to fight this dictatorship,” Freedom said.

Nhat Hoang and Masooma Haq contributed to this report.

Hannah Ng

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Hannah Ng is a reporter covering news from the US and China. She holds a master’s degree in international economics and development from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

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