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Enes Kanter Freedom just went in on the NBA and Adam Silver — calling them hypocrites … and telling TMZ Sports he believes they’re attempting to force him to retire as a result of his willingness to talk his mind.
We talked with the 30-year-old center — who’s played 11 seasons within the NBA — while he was in D.C. this week, and he told us he’s unsure if he’ll be granted one other opportunity to play within the Association again due to his outspokenness against the league and authoritarians across the globe.
“They’re pushing me to retire on the age of 30, unfortunately,” Enes said. “I will push through it. I’m still figuring out. I’m still practicing.”
“But, the one thing I can say is, the NBA and Adam Silver is unquestionably one of the crucial hypocritical organizations and one of the crucial hypocritical commissioners on the market on the earth.”
Enes accused the NBA — who does business with China — of getting “billions of dollars tied up with that dictatorship” … and, because of this, he feels they prioritize their bottom line (money) over human rights.
“They arise for things until it affects their money or business,” Enes said, “and someone had to reveal them, and someone finally exposed them and from firsthand.”
Enes did, nonetheless, give a nod to his NBA brothers and WNBA sisters for speaking up about Brittney Griner — who stays in jail in Russia on drug charges — but he wishes the USA government can be more aggressive of their approach to bring her home.
“They definitely have to do more since you’re coping with, like I said again, one of the crucial brutal dictatorships on the earth,” Enes said.
“Human rights is above politics, so I will do whatever I can to bring awareness and be the voice of all of the innocent individuals who haven’t got a voice.”