Newly-ousted NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is accusing the basketball league of being “hypocrites” for showing solidarity with Ukraine while remaining silent on the Chinese regime’s human rights atrocities.
But if his old team had been less eager to demonstrate its stance on China, the Celtics showed no reluctance in making clear its support for Ukraine.
“Hypocrites!” wrote the 29-year-old player on Twitter on March 6, attaching a photo showing Celtics coaches wearing blue-and-yellow-striped pins, the color of the Ukrainian flag.
“I see Celtics coaching staff wearing Ukrainian flag pins, which I support. What about Syria, Afghanistan, Uyghurs, Hong Kong, Tibet, Taiwan,” he asked. “Why is it okay to speak up about human rights violations there but not in other countries? Is there not much profit from Russia?”
The Celtics had “begged” him not to wear the shoes and threatened to ban him, Freedom previously said.
“You can talk about all the social justice, all the injustices happening all around the world. But when it comes to China, you cannot speak up. If you do, then you’d have to face the consequences.”
Since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, Freedom has fully stood with the beleaguered nation. On Feb. 24, the day Moscow launched the attack, a pair of shoes in Ukrainian flag color appeared on his Twitter, depicting a dove and an olive branch, the universal peace symbol. “Freedom to Ukraine,” reads the message on the bottom.
The NBA and Celtics did not respond to queries from The Epoch Times by press time.