Enes Kanter is now calling out what many believe are the two greatest NBA players of all-time. The Turkish big man has always been vocal towards human rights issues from those in his home country, the United States and beyond.
When the Boston Celtics faced off against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night, the big man could be seen rocking shoes that shed light to an instance in 2019 when then Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showed support over protests in Hong Kong.
On Sunday, Kanter was on CNN and decided he would take his talents to calling out Michael Jordan for being largely absent in helping the Black community.
“Not many people are talking about Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan hasn’t done anything, nothing, for the Black community in America besides just, you know, giving them money. I feel like we need to call out these athletes. At least Lebron James is going out there and being the voice of all those people who are oppressed in America.
But Michael Jordan has not done anything for the Black community because he cares too much about his shoe sales all over the world and America, and I feel like we need to call out these athletes and not be scared about who they are.”
Kanter was asked by CNN host why he criticizes Nike when they say they’re committed to ethical and responsible manufacturing.
“I mean, do we believe that?” Kanter scoffed. “I do not believe that.”
“People need to understand this,” he added, “that every time you put your shoes on, you put that T-shirt on your back, there is so much blood and sweat and oppression on those items, so please, think twice before you buy any of their stuff.”
The 29-year-old is averaging 4.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.