Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter’s scathing remarks about Chinese President Xi Jinping had consequences for the team he plays for.
Kanter sent a pro-Tibet message in a social media video this week and doubled-down by rocking “Free Tibet” on his sneakers during the game against the New York Knicks. He called Xi a “brutal dictator.”
“My message to the Chinese government is free Tibet. Tibet belongs to Tibetans, I am here to add my voice and speak out against what is happening in Tibet under the Chinese government’s brutal rule,” he said.
He added: “I say, ‘Shame on the Chinese government.’ The Chinese dictatorship is erasing Tibetan identity and culture.”
As a result of his actions, the Celtics-Knicks game was “unavailable” to be replayed on Tencent, the Chinese streaming giant, according to the New York Times.
Tencent Sports reportedly indicated it would not stream Celtics games for the foreseeable future, which is the same move pulled on the Philadelphia 76ers as punishment for then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong support a few years ago.
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