Enes Kanter rips LeBron over Nike partnership


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Enes Kanter showed no signs of slowing down his crusade against human rights abuses in China by targeting two NBA heavyweights for remaining silent on the issue.

For years, the NBA has tried to avoid any controversy with China, turning a blind eye to human rights abuses so as not to damage their successful partnership. Over the past month, Kanter has blasted that silence, calling for a ‘free Tibet’ and lambasting the Chinese president Xi Jinping as a “brutal dictator”. Now Kanter is aiming james lebron.

“Money over morals for the King,” Kanter tweeted Thursday afternoon, referring to James. “It’s sad and disgusting how these athletes claim to care about social justice. They really do “shut up and dribble” when Big Boss [China] says so. Did you find out about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research? »

Kanter criticized James’ partnership with Nike and tagged them both in the tweet, blaming them for profiting from sneakers allegedly produced by Chinese companies using forced labor. Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations thrive on their partnerships with China.

Kanter’s line “did you ask about slave labor” was a direct shot at the criticism LeBron faced in 2019, when the then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey crossed NBA borders to support Hong Kong independence.

After China replied harshly to a tweet from Morey, LeBron claimed the NBA executive “wasn’t aware of the situation” in Hong Kong.

Last month, Kanter offered to take James, Michael Jordan and co-founder of Nike Phil Knight in China where they can “visit these forced labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes”.

James has been a social activist throughout his career, speaking out against racial injustices in the United States, but like most NBA personnel, he has chosen to avoid global issues and remain silent on the issues. deplorable human rights violations in China.

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