“It Might Cost Me My Career, My Family, and Everything I Have”: Infamous for LeBron James Bashing, Ex-Celtics Star Addresses Latest Controversy

Published 01/20/2023, 8:35 AM EST
Jan 15, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter Freedom has been a part of the NBA since 2011. While he remains out of contract for this season, the Turkish basketball star has represented a number of teams in the league. Freedom is known for his honest and bold statements about burning social issues. Moreover, his vocal nature has landed him in some massive controversies over the years. Recently, the ex-Celtics star, who is infamous for calling out LeBron James on past occasions on many social issues, addressed the latest controversy that was triggered after the Turkish government placed a bounty on his head.

Enes Kanter Freedom recently opened up about the bounty on his head placed by the Turkish government after he called out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The 30-year-old accused the Turkish President of causing dissent and abusing of his power in 2019. Since then, Freedom found himself at odds with his home country’s government and the Turkish government also issued a $500,000 bounty on his head recently. However, the former Celtics star has made a valiant claim about having no regrets about speaking up on the alleged malpractices of the Turkish government.

Enes Karter Freedom makes a bold claim after $500,000 bounty 

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As per Fox Business News, Enes Kanter Freedom expressed his opinion about the troubles he has faced in the last few years for being a voice for the people. Freedom stated, “I’m trying to be the voice of all those innocent people out there who don’t have a voice. So it is worth it, yes. It might cost me my career, my family, and everything I have. But I know in the end, I am doing God’s work. So, yes, it is worth it. And I have no regrets.”

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks exchange words in the first half at Madison Square Garden on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The NBA star pointed out that he was paying a heavy price for speaking up against the wrongdoings of the Turkish government. However, Freedom had no regrets about his decisions and believed he was trying to shed light on the struggles of innocent people.

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Meanwhile, the recent $500,000 bounty on his name has made Kanter a big target even outside his home country. Enes Kanter Freedom has also attracted media attention in the past for calling out LeBron James numerous times over the years.

Enes Kanter Freedom’s criticism of LeBron James

Enes Kanter Freedom has taken multiple shots at Lakers superstar LeBron James over the years. Apart from coming together during a Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks game quite a while ago, Freedom keeps condemning LeBron James in public.

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Back in November 2022, LeBron James was criticized by Enes Kanter for not speaking up on the alleged human rights violation in China. Freedom claimed that he wanted to ‘educate’ LeBron about the situation in China. Later on, the Turkish hooper ascribed his lack of contract offers to the calling out of China, a lucrative market for the NBA.

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Rohit Kumawat

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Rohit Kumawat is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing an MBA in Media and Business Management, Rohit holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been working as a Sports and Entertainment writer for over a year.

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