Boston Celtics‘ Center one’s edges He called for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing China’s alleged human rights violations against Tibetan And Uyghur Ethnic minorities, as well as Suppression of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
Kanter tweeted on Monday to denounce China’s alleged use of forced labor among the Uyghur ethnic group, and has in the past accused the sportswear brand. nike From being complicit by manufacturing shoes in China.
He also invited the co-founder of Nike Phil Knightas well as prominent brand ambassadors LeBron James And Michael JordanOn a trip to China to find out where the company’s shoes were manufactured.
Nike responded that it is committed to ethical and responsible manufacturing.
Kanter’s tweets are often accompanied by images of so-called #freedomshoes, sneakers adorned with messages of support for Hong Kong, Uighurs and Tibetans and denouncing slave labor.
Kanter’s opposition to China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics joins a growing number of calls to boycott the event.
Human Rights Watch used the event to draw attention to China’s questionable human rights record, and a coalition of more than 200 global campaign groups representing Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hong Kong, China, southern Mongolia, Taiwan and other communities sent a message in September. To broadcasters urging them to cancel their broadcast deals with the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
And in October, A bipartisan group of US senators He proposed an amendment to an annual defense policy bill that would impose a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China amid accusations of human rights abuses by Beijing.
advocate of freedom of expression
Kanter has always been a proponent of free speech, and has hurt his touring commitments, with New York Knicks to Europe and with Portland Trail Blazers to CanadaFearing that his life would be in danger.
Born in Switzerland to Turkish immigrant parents, Kanter was highly critical of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkish government. In 2017, the Turkish government revoked his passport, cutting it off in Romania, which then issued an arrest warrant for his arrest.
He fled to London and returned to the United States, and has been a US citizen since June 2021.
He started his professional basketball career with Utah Jazz In 2011, he has played for Oklahoma City Thunder as well as the Knicks and Trailblazers, rejoining the Celtics in June of this year after two years, 10 million dollars Held in the 2019-20 season.
play for turkey in 2011 EuroBasket Championship but was disqualified from the team in the 2015 iteration of the event for reasons Kanter believes are political.