Enes Kanter will legally change its name to Enes Kanter Freedom
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Going forward, “Freedom” will be Kanter’s last name and Kanter will be his middle name. Kanter told CNN that his new last name came from what his teammates called him.
Earlier this week, Kanter, who grew up in Turkey, told Fox News that he has passed his citizenship test and will be sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the end of the month.
In recent months, the 11-year-old NBA veteran has used social media and specially designed clothing during NBA games to raise awareness and criticize China’s treatment of the Uyghur community. The US State Department estimates that up to 2 million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been held in internment camps in China’s Xinjiang Province since 2017. China has repeatedly denied accusations of violations rights in the country.
Kanter has also sought to raise awareness of China’s treatment of Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and more recently called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in protest.
Kanter’s comments sparked a backlash in China, with the Celtics games pulled by Chinese video streaming site Tencent and the government criticizing Kanter’s comments.
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