Celtics’ Ennis Kanter Freedom takes aim at ‘disgusting’ Warriors partner in Uyghur crisis

Boston Celtics center and newly inaugurated American citizen Ennis Kanter Freedom has hit back at a left-wing Silicon Valley billionaire who is part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, after he dismissed ongoing human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party against the Muslim-Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang province. .

Kanter called the treatment of the Uyghurs, who are said to live in squalid conditions in concentration camps and endure forced labor and other abuses, “genocide” — which has come to the attention of select Western leaders ahead of the Beijing Olympics next month.

Earlier Monday, Chamath Palihapitiya, former CEO of America OnLine (AOL) and founder of Social Capital, said on his podcast that “nobody cares what happens to the Uighurs, okay?”

“Talk about it because you really care and I guess… the rest of us don’t care… I tell you a pretty hard, ugly truth, okay? Of all the things I care about. Yeah, it’s below,” said Palihpitya, 45, amid a crosstalk of his astonished guest.

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“Until we actually clean our own house,” he said, “the idea that we’re stepping outside our boundaries … with us kind of like moral virtue referring to someone else’s human rights record is unfortunate.”

Kanter Freedom, a Turkish-American who modified his last name to denote his pride in becoming a freshman last year, said he was also shocked when his manager sent him Palihapatiya’s comments in a text message before an afternoon NBA game.

Boston Celtics’ Ennis Kanter (13) moves against Isaac Bonga of the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Boston.
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“First of all, I couldn’t believe it. I was so angry, so disgusted, and so disappointed,” Canter Freedom said.

“I couldn’t focus on the game because of his comments, I mean, you look at the Uyghur people. What happened to the Uyghurs is one of the worst human rights violations in the world today, and there’s genocide going on while we’re talking right now.” And he gets out there and says, “I could care less.” It’s a shame, and it’s disgusting. ”

Host Tucker Carlson noted that Palihapitiya is also a “big donor” to the Democratic Party and its allied candidates.

The Silicon Valley mogul has donated tens of thousands of dollars to liberal candidates and causes including President Joe Biden, several Democratic parties in the state, and Democratic former Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo — the current US Secretary of Commerce — as well as Hillary Clinton and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. . and Rep. Rohit Khanna, D-Calif., according to OpenSecrets records.

Records also show a small number of donations to New Jersey Republicans Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Carlson also stated that the Warriors distanced themselves from Palihapitiya’s comments, saying that the venture capitalist “doesn’t speak for our franchise,” while Palipitiya later issued a statement acknowledging that his family “fled from a country.” [Sri Lanka] has its own set of human rights issues, so that’s something that’s a big part of my lived experience.”

“To be clear, I think human rights matter, whether in China, the US or elsewhere; stop,” Palibhitiya wrote on Twitter late Monday.

On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Canter Freedom added that Palihapitiya was a “virtue signal” and that his company, Social Capital, “pretends[s] interest in social values.

He said, “He pretends to care about others, but the only thing he cares about is money and CCP propaganda. It makes me disgusted with how he uses social justice to make money for his company.”

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“I want to ask him one question—if it was your mother, if it was your daughter, if your sister was in these concentration camps and tortured and gang-raped every single day, would you still think about money? Still silent?” Kanter-Freedom asked.

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