Boston Celtics Center Enes Kanter apparently shot on NBA superstar Lebron James on Tuesday after criticizing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting in support of democracy-friendly protesters in Hong Kong.
The now deleted tweet "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Kong "sparked a firestorm within the NBA and in China, which called on the authorities to cancel publicity events and press conferences and to ban the last week of an exhibition game between the Brooklyn Nets and James & # 0; Los Angeles Lakers.
James, known to be open to questions of social justice, told reporters on Monday that free speech can sometimes have negative consequences.
"I do not want to get into a word or sentence feud with … Daryl Morey, but I think he was not aware of the situation and he spoke," James said. "And so many people could have been harmed not only financially but also physically, emotionally and mentally." Effects of Tweets. I do not talk about the substance. Others can talk about it.
In a follow-up tweet, James said about Morey's tweet, "Nobody stopped and thought about what would happen. "
Kanter The Turkish citizen, who has strongly criticized the authoritarian president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seemed to overshadow James's remarks. He first tweeted "Wow Dude!", Followed by "SMH (shaking his head)" and a "bad face" emoji. "
He then drew on his experiences, which had to do with the consequences of a statement against Erdogans government.
In a commentary released for the Boston Globe on Tuesday, Kanter wrote: "I have a prominent platform and I want to use it to promote respect for human rights, democracy and personal freedom. For me, that's bigger [than] basketball. Supporting tens of thousands of people without speech in my home country carries a risk that includes death threats and arrest warrants.
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ed also reports on Kanter's recent altercation with Erdogan supporters in a mosque near Boston, but mentions neither China nor Daryl Morey or Lebron James.