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“They are trying to retire me at 29” — Enes Kanter Freedom throws shade at the NBA

Enes Kanter Freedom believes that his active voice and political stance are the reasons for his unemployment.
Boston Celtics center Enes Freedom

Enes Kanter Freedom

Enes Kanter Freedom has made several headlines over the past year, not because of his play on the court but due to his bold, and sometimes reckless, statements and actions off the hardwood.

From calling out several players, including LeBron James and Michael Jordan, to sounding off on the NBA political decisions, Freedom's words have painted him as this attention-seeking pretentious "activist" that nobody seems to want to pay attention to.

Another day, another questionable statement.

Freedom also believes that his active voice and political stance are the reasons for his unemployment right now. According to the former Boston Celtic big man, the NBA forced him out of the league because they didn't earn a single penny from his actions.

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"The NBA says that the league stands by our side when it comes to freedom of speech. I don't believe it. They stand on our side as long what we say helps the league's pockets, otherwise they'll do whatever they can to finish you. I'm saying that because they are trying to retire me at 29. However, I know that I can play 6-7 years more because I love basketball, I'm healthy and I believe that people can see that I deserve to be in the NBA," Freedom told Greek media outlet Ethnikos Kirikas.

Does Freedom deserve to be in the NBA?

Freedom was practically a useless piece in the Celtics roster this season. He played 35 games for the Celtics but only averaged 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds a game in 11.7 minutes. He was shipped to the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline, but the latter eventually waived Freedom shortly after acquiring him.

It's been an unfortunate season for the 15-year veteran who still believes he has a place in the NBA.

"I was in Portland last year, and I averaged a double-double, and we went to the playoffs," Freedom said. "I was a starter. And they come and tell me after a year that I forgot how to play basketball?" Freedom added.

Freedom can still be classified as a contributing player (he did shoot 53.3% from the field this season), but many NBA teams might not be interested in the baggage he brings — and it's hard not to blame them for that.

Sure, it's essential to have a voice when it comes to societal and political issues (in fact, it's encouraged), but if it becomes too toxic for the NBA and team's sake, then consequences like what Freedom is facing are not a surprise. 

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