NBA player Enes Freedom (formerly Kanter) has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. “I am humbled and honored to receive the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Freedom wrote on Twitter. “Sometimes taking a stand is more important than your next paycheck.”
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Kerry Eggers @kerryeggers
With all the fuss over @Enes Kanter Liberty and alleged NBA blackball due to his comments on China, does the @Are the Portland Trail Blazers unsigning the resigned veteran center who played so well for them in two seasons?
#ripcity – 17:53
Adam Spolane @adamspolane
By giving up Enes Freedom, the Rockets have an open roster spot to convert one of their 2-way guys, which is what they did with Garrison Mathews, who signed a 4-year deal in December: 17:25
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According to the history of the Atlantic, a member of the Norwegian parliament proposed Freedom for nomination while 30 Nobel laureates issued a letter asking the Boston Celtics, Freedom’s former club, to support him by keeping him “on the right side of history” and keeping him on the team. -via EuroHoops.net / 17 February 2022
A top official from the National Basketball Players Association, Kanter’s own union, kept calling him to ask him not to wear anti-China shoes. “I talked about Turkey for 10 years, not a phone call,” Kanter told me. “I talked about China one day, I get phone calls every hour.” He told the union rep not to call back. When Kanter got to Adam Silver, they talked for half an hour. Silver told him that he was free to say what he wanted with his shoes; however, at the end of the conversation, according to Kanter, Silver commented, “Everybody knows it’s a business.” Kanter took this to mean: You’re free to talk about China, but you, your team and the NBA could face consequences. -via the atlantic / 16 February 2022
Friends in the league advised him to enjoy the season because it would be his last. Freedom claims that he has not been shunned by his teammates, that he receives silent support. Once, he told me, while preparing to shoot a free throw, a Lakers player muttered, “Listen, man, what you’re doing is so brave, keep talking, but I can’t talk about it. These teams caught us.” -via the atlantic / 16 February 2022
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Enes Kanter Freedom nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize