Celtics’ Center Enes Kanter Slams Nike: ‘When It Comes to China, Nike Remains Silent’

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Celtics’ Center Enes Kanter Slams Nike: ‘When It Comes to China, Nike Remains Silent’

By Movieguide® Staff

NBA Center for the Boston Celtics Enes Kanter slammed Nike’s silence regarding China in a video he posted to Twitter.

Kanter, who is a Turkish national, is vocal about his political views.

Kanter is currently banned from returning to his home country of Turkey for negative comments aimed at the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, Kanter’s most recent comments were directed at Nike. In his video, Kanter called out the sports apparel and shoe company for their silence about slave labor and other injustices in China.

Although Kanter started by commending the brand for addressing injustice in the U.S., he called the company out for its hypocrisy concerning China.

“When it comes to China, Nike remains silent,” Kanter said. “You do not address police brutality in China. … You do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China.”

“You are scared to speak up,” Kanter added. “Who makes your shoes in China? Do you even know? There are so many forced labor factories in China. For instance, Uyghur forced labor.

“Nike claims they do not allow any forced labor in their supply chains, yet they don’t have the receipts to prove it.”

Kanter, who has almost 500,000 followers on Twitter, called on consumers to understand where their favorite American retail products are manufactured.

“Don’t forget: Every time you put those shoes on your feet, or you put that t-shirt on your back, there are so many tears and so much oppression and so much blood behind it all,” he said.

Kanter’s vocal stance on China goes against the grain of the majority of the NBA, most notably superstar Lebron James.

In a separate video, the player called the current Chinese President, Xi Jinping, a “brutal dictator” for his treatment of the Uyghurs.