The Celtics center — who has been vocal in his disapproval of the Chinese government’s polices — unloaded on Nets owner Joe Tsai Wednesday on social media.
“The owner of @brooklynNets @joetsai1999 is a coward & puppet of the Chinese gov’t,” Kanter tweeted before his Celtics fell to the Nets, 123-104. “Being anti-CCP does NOT mean being anti-Asian. It’s possible to #StopAsianHate & to stand up against the CCP.
“Human rights are not “western” values, they are UNIVERSAL values!
“Spineless Joe Tsai.”
In the midst of the Daryl Morey-China-Hong Kong controversy a few years ago when he workd for the Houston Rockets, Nets owner Joe Tsai caught heat for calling the Hong Kong protesters “separatist.”
Tsai, who has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party, said they all “stand united when it comes to the territorial integrity of China and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland.”
Kanter has been on a season-long advocacy for human rights in China. He has worn different pairs every game in support of citizens of Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang. Among the many messages include: “Free China,” “Taiwan belongs to the Taiwanese people,” “Free Hong Kong,” “Free Uyghur,” “No Beijing 2022,” “Stop genocide, torture, rape, slave labor,” “Stop organ harvesting in China,” “Close the camps” and “Modern-day slavery.”
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