Anais Kanter criticized China’s Freedom. Will he play in the NBA again?

Former Utah Jazz center Anis Kanter Freedom does not expect to play in the NBA again or in Europe due to his outspoken views on human rights abuses in China and elsewhere around the world.

But the Turkish big man recently got some calls from WWE about becoming a professional wrestler.

“I’m not kidding,” he said Friday at Republican Rep. Chris Stewart’s annual security conference in Salt Lake City. Liberty was among the many speakers who spoke on world issues, especially China.

One of the wrestlers told him he could talk publicly about whatever he wanted except for Saudi Arabia. Freedom said he has been told what China means to the NBA, and Saudi Arabia to the WWE.

He said, “It’s too late.” “I already mentioned them.

Freedom last played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics last season. He was traded to the Houston Rockets ahead of the league’s February trading deadline. Houston gave up the big man soon after, unheard of from any team in the NBA. At 30, he said he could play another five or six years.

“The free agency is open for one month. Normally, I was supposed to take the offers already. This summer I didn’t receive one,” Freedom told EuroHoops via Google Translate, SB Nation reported this week. The reason is that I have spoken out against what is happening in China in recent months. The Chinese market is a big part of the NBA’s business. Therefore, they will allow you to talk freely about anything you want until it hurts them financially. Once you do that, they will cut you off. It is very sad and unacceptable.”

Freedom said he cannot play in the Euroleague because he cannot enter Turkey and Turkish Airlines is the league’s sponsor.

At the conference, Freedom said he had recently formed a foundation focused on promoting freedom, democracy, and social harmony around the world. He said he also wanted to use basketball to bring people together. He traveled to Salt Lake City from Israel where he participated in a basketball camp that included Israeli and Palestinian children.

“It was one of the best basketball camps I’ve had,” he said. “This Jewish child was passing the ball to the Muslim child and he was dribbling the ball and passing it to the Christian child and he was scoring the ball, and they were playing with each other.”

No matter what people’s culture, religion or skin color are, Freedom said, they need to learn to put aside their differences and find what they have in common.

He said, “We only have one world to live in. Until one of these crazy billionaires finds another planet to live in, that world is what we have.”

Born in Switzerland and raised in his parents’ hometown of Turkey, he legally changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom to indicate he became a US citizen last November.

In addition to recently expressing his views on China, Freedom criticized authoritarianism in Turkey early in his football career a decade ago. He has since been banned from entering Turkey.

The Jazz drafted Freedom with the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 draft. Spent 312 Seasons in Utah before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Following his release from the Rockets in February, Freedom said he never received a phone call or text message from one of the hundreds of teammates and coaches he’d had with five teams during his 11-year career. He said they are concerned about being named in interviews or in social media posts as someone to support him.

He said, “I used to call them my brothers.” “The past six or seven months, it’s been very lonely for me.”

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