It seems we haven’t heard the last of Enes Kanter Freedom as he recently lambasted the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver once again on the case of Brittney Griner.
One of the most hypocritical organizations and commissioner
Kanter is out of the NBA and thinks his criticisms against China on alleged human rights violations were the reason why he’s unemployed at the moment. In an interview with TMZ, the outspoken center claimed he still keeps himself in shape if an opportunity to play again comes. But he gave a strongly worded response on how the NBA handles the case of WNBA Brittney Griner, who is still detained in Russia on drug smuggling charges.
“She’s been held hostage. One of the most brutal dictatorship in the world. And we need to do whatever we can to bring her here safe. I’m so happy that all my NBA brothers and WNBA sisters are doing whatever they can to awareness about what’s going on.”
When asked if the NBA as an organization is doing enough to get Griner, Kanter claimed the NBA and Commissioner Silver are hypocrites.
“They defenitely need to do more. They’re dealing with one of the most brutal dictatorship in the world. When the organization that you played for 11 years are tied up with billions of dollars with that dictatorship, it’s tough you know. One thing I can say is the NBA and Adam Silver definitely one of the most hypocritical organization and one of the most hypocritical commissioner out there in the world.”
The former Boston Celtic big man added that the NBA stands up for things until it affects their brand or business. The league was tight-lipped when the Chinese government decided to ban Houston Rockets games from airing in their country after former general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for protesters in Hong Kong. The backlash allegedly cost the NBA a billion-dollar loss of revenue.
Brittney Griner a different case
Griner has appeared in a hearing of her case, and many felt she had been detained longer than necessary. Some experts think holding Griner longer than usual is just a show of force of the Russian government. The WNBA star could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government claims they are doing everything they can to bring Brittney back safely, but her wife Cherelle thinks the words don’t match the actions.
“I do have to unfortunately push people to make sure that the things they’re telling me is also matching their actions. It’s over 130 days and BG’s still not back.”
Russia has its own laws, and it’s not a case where the U.S. can assert its influence over another country’s jurisdiction. Unfortunately for Griner, she has been used as a pawn in the geopolitical war between the two powerful nations. The NBA, Silver, and the players can only do so much. This case is already out of their hands and completely different compared to the Association's relationship with China. Kanter is way off on this one.