Enes Kanter Freedom was a force to be reckoned with on the NBA basketball court. He is a 6-foot-10 center who spent 11 seasons in the league and played for five different teams. Kanter Freedom has long been a critic of the Chinese government and those he believes support it, and he also became an outspoken activist for human rights in his native Turkey.
Kanter Freedom was able to use his celebrity and influence in the NBA to bring attention to these issues, which were very important to him. But as a result of his activism, he is now facing severe consequences in both his professional and personal lives. In fact, it seems that his life has become so miserable that he is considering retiring from the game of basketball.
One big reason is that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has placed a bounty on Kanter Freedom’s head. In addition, the former Celtics center has been unable to secure a job this season because of his political activism.
Kanter Freedom still has a $18 million option on his contract this year and many believe that he will exercise it. He would be the first player to do so this season, but opposing executives have come away with the impression that he is leaning toward opting out in order to pursue a multiyear deal with another team.