Enes Kanter recently came out saying Americans should be more grateful for what they have and the country they live in, saying things are much worse in other countries worldwide.
After getting a lot of traction in the media for his somewhat controversial statements surrounding Nike, China, LeBron James, and the NBA, Enes Kanter made a surprising appearance on the Tucker-Carlson show. The somewhat controversial tv host had Kanter on his show, where he talked about his appreciation for finally becoming a US citizen and being proud he could have this opportunity. Kanter was initially a Turkish citizen, but because of his criticism of the Turkish government, he was banned from coming to his home country and would probably get arrested.
Kanter wanted to point out how Americans are privileged to live in a free country where they can share their opinions and have freedoms that not all countries in the world have. He thinks a lot of people take those freedoms for granted; while he had to learn the hard way, freedom of speech is essential in the modern-day world.
"People should feel really blessed to be in America. They love to criticize it, but when you live in a country like Turkey, you appreciate the freedoms you have here. "I feel like they should just keep their mouth shut and stop criticizing the greatest nation in the world, and they should focus on their freedoms and their human rights and democracy."
Kanter also changed his name legally and is now called Enes Kanter Freedom, which is a bit drastic move, but it seems he wanted to make a statement. Now that he is a proud American citizen, he is making his voice heard about civil and human rights, which is a cause he is deeply passionate about and will continue to do work in that area.