• Scorch! Turkish-exiled NBA star Kanter Responds to LeBron’s Pro-China Defense

    Surge Summary: NBA phenom LeBron James recently defended China in its conflict with Hong Kong. Turkish-born player Enes Kanter responded forcefully with a tweet reminding everyone what life under a tyranny is really like.

    Uh-oh! Intra-league cultural squabble alert …

    From Chris Enloe/The Blaze

    Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter, a Turkish-born basketball star, had a powerful response to LeBron James, who on Monday ignited a firestorm of criticism after seemingly defending Communist China.

    More than one week after the NBA-China controversy began, starting with a pro-Hong Kong tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, James told the media that Morey’s comment was selfish and that he “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.”

    An ironic accusation by the 6’8” LA Lakers superstar, by the way, considering his own China-defending comments were so transparently ill-informed.

    But James shamefully continued,

    “And so many people could have been harmed, not only financial, but physically, emotionally, spiritually, so just be careful for what we tweet, what we say, and what we do,” James said. “Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negatives.”

    People demonstrating for freedom and justice in Hong Kong are being hurt “emotionally [and] spiritually” by those around the world who are speaking up for them?

    Ooooo-kay …

    LeBron then took to Twitter to comment further on the issue:

    Kanter replied via his own tweet: “Wow dude!” “SMH,” accompanied by an emoticon depicting a nauseous person.

    This was followed by a catalogue of his tribulations at the hands of a totalitarian regime.

    Kanter has a longstanding feud with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is currently exiled from his home country. Kanter is highly critical of Erdogan and has voiced support for an opposing political movement.

    As his tweet indicated, his family has been jailed, he cannot leave America because of threats against his life, and Turkey has issued an international arrest warrant demanding his return to Turkey.

    In fact, Kanter’s experience with totalitarian regimes — of which China is one — is so personal that the FBI has installed a “panic button” at Kanter’s home due to the severity of the threats against his life.

    And Lebron James superciliously sniffs that the China-critics are the ones who aren’t “educated”? Seriously, words fail …

    H/T: Chris Enloe/The Blaze

    Image: By Frenchieinportland – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.
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