Enes Freedom wants to have an ‘uncomfortable’ conversation with LeBron James


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“I don’t know if he’s educated enough, but I’m here to educate him.”

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Enes Freedom, affiliated with the Celtics Center, changed its name from Enes Kanter, to Enes Kanter Freedom, in celebration of becoming an official US citizen on Monday. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File

If LeBron James wants to chat with Enes Freedom — formerly known as Enes Kanter before he became a US citizen on Monday — Freedom says he’s ready.

“I’m sure it would be a very uncomfortable conversation for him,” Freedom said. “I don’t know if he’s educated enough, but I’m here to teach him, and I’m here to help him.”

Freedom called James earlier this year to partner with Nike — a company that Freedom has repeatedly targeted for alleged supply chain ties to human rights abuses. After the Celtics played for the Lakers, James claimed Freedom walked right by him without speaking.

Freedom disputed that version of events, saying that he stopped to take a picture with a child, and it was James who walked next to him.

“Players need to do their research, and they need to educate themselves before they put their signature on the paper and sign deals and things for life, because obviously everyone knows how I feel about some of the sponsors we have,” Freedom said. “Nike, for me [is] The biggest hypocritical company out there. …I feel like we need to be careful about what we wear, because every time you put those things on your feet or your back, there’s a lot of blood, sweat, or oppression on those things. So be careful.”

Here are some other highlights from the Freedom press conference.

He doesn’t regret going to Tucker Carlson.

Freedom appeared on Controversial Fox News host show On Monday after he became a citizen, he was criticized on Twitter for saying Americans who criticize America should “keep their mouths shut and stop criticizing the world’s greatest country” and “focus on their freedoms, human rights and democracy”.

He defended his decision to go on the Carlson Show for reporters on Tuesday.

“I’ve never had a side,” Freedom said. I’m not a Democrat, or I’m not a Republican. You know I said it from day one. Some of the things I do, people might be wrong, because I don’t do politics. I practice human rights. There is a fine but huge line between human rights and politics.”

Had a productive conversation with Adam Silver

Cause freedom headache to the league when his stance led to the Celtics being pulled from television in China. He said he had a conversation with Adam Silver about his shoes, which have aroused Lots of drama.

“I was like, ‘If there are any rules that I’m breaking or violating, let me know. Freedom said. And he said, No, you are not violating any rules. And I was like, you guys, you guys, you guys are telling us and encouraging players to stand up for what’s right, not just the problems in America, but all over the world. So you guys are the ones who encouraged me to talk about all the abuses happening around the world, right? And he said, “Listen, you have the freedom to say whatever you want.”

And I was like, ‘I appreciate that. “

He added that the Celtics – especially his teammates – were very supportive. After claiming on social media that he was being sued for his stances, he spoke to Ime Udoka, who told him that was not the reason.

“After that talk, I played every game,” Freedom said. “I mean, yeah, that’s how it felt, and I put it there, and Coach Ime came up to me and said that’s not the situation. And I said, ‘Okay.’ And after that talk, I played pretty much every game.”

It is noteworthy that Robert Williams has played only two matches since Freedom returned to the rotation, and was injured halfway in one of them.

He’s happy to be a citizen

Freedom fell on the papers become a citizen On Monday, they wave a small American flag after the judge made it official.

On Tuesday, he told a brief story about his shock when one of his colleagues called the president in 2009, telling him to be careful.

“He turned around and started laughing at me,” Freedom said. “He was like, ‘Don’t worry brother. This isn’t Turkey.’

But in America, people are clearly blessed to be in this situation. They have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press.”

His favorite nickname?

“Mr. Liberty,” Liberty said with a chuckle.

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