It seems we haven’t heard the last of Enes Kanter Freedom as he recently berated the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver again in the Brittney Griner case.
One of the most hypocritical organizations and commissioner
Kanter is out of the NBA and believes his criticism of China over alleged human rights abuses was the reason he is currently unemployed. In an interview with TMZ, the outspoken center claimed he still keeps himself in shape should an opportunity to play again arise. But he gave a harshly worded response to how the NBA is handling the case of WNBA Brittney Griner, who is still jailed in Russia for drug smuggling.
“She was being held hostage. One of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And we must do everything we can to get her here safely. I’m so happy that all of my NBA brothers and WNBA sisters are doing whatever it takes to spread awareness of what’s going on.”
When asked if the NBA, as an organization, is doing enough to get Griner, Kanter claimed the NBA and Commissioner Silver are hypocrites.
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“You definitely need to do more. You are dealing with one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. When the organization you played for 11 years has billions of dollars tied to this dictatorship, it’s difficult, you know. One thing I can say is that the NBA and Adam Silver are definitely one of the most hypocritical organizations and one of the most hypocritical commissioners in the world.”
The former Boston Celtic Big Man added that the NBA stands by things until they affect their brand or their business. The league was tense when the Chinese government decided to ban the broadcast of Houston Rockets games in their country after former general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for protesters in Hong Kong. The backlash reportedly cost the NBA a billion dollars in lost revenue.
Brittney Griner another case
Griner has appeared for a hearing on her case, and many felt she was detained longer than necessary. Some experts believe holding Griner longer than usual is just a show of force by the Russian government. The WNBA star faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Meanwhile, the US government claims they are doing everything they can to bring Brittney back safely, but her wife, Cherelle, says words don’t match deeds.
“Unfortunately, I have to urge people to make sure the things they tell me are consistent with their actions. It’s been over 130 days and BG still isn’t back.”
Russia has its own laws, and it is not a case for the US to exert its influence over another country’s jurisdiction. Unfortunately for Griner, she was used as a pawn in the geopolitical war between the two powerful nations. The NBA, Silver and the players can only do so much. This case is already out of their hands and completely different compared to the federation’s relations with China. Kanter is far from it.