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Enes Kanter Continues To Shine Light on China, Turns Attention to Nike

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China has already canceled the Boston Celtics because of Enes Kanter, so clearly, the Celtics center feels as if he has nothing to lose by calling out China and those who continue to do business with it.

Kanter’s latest target? No less than apparel power Nike, whose clients include many of Kanter’s NBA peers. In fact, Nike is the official apparel company of the NBA.

“Nike claims that they do not allow any forced labor in their supply chains. Yet, they don’t have the receipt to prove it,” Kanter said in a video posted to social media. “They have not provided clear timelines or updates about their efforts to end this. They have not publicly committed to the steps outlined by the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labor.”

Kanter has reportedly spoken out against the Chinese government for the past week, potentially creating a mess for the NBA — which, like many high-profile American companies, profits greatly off its relationship with the communist nation.

To this point, the league office and mainstream media have been largely silent on Kanter’s stand for global human rights.

Per Shoshy Ciment of FootWearNews: “China, along with Vietnam, is a key manufacturing hub for many major footwear and apparel brands in the U.S. According to the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), 68.3% of U.S. athletic footwear came from China as far back as 1996. In 2021, that percentage was 62.2%.”

Last week, Kanter tweeted a video that called on “brutal dictator Xi Jinping” and the Chinese government to free Tibet. (Full post on OutKick.)

All of this is putting the NBA in quite a pickle, even if the NBA doesn’t want to admit it. You can check out my full column about that on OutKick right here.

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Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Kanter using his freedom of speech on his own time to call out communists didn’t put the NBA or the Celtics in a pickle. They put themselves in a pickle by willfully and knowingly doing business with a communist government. Also, I probably wouldn’t partner with MS-13, ISIS or Charles Manson while you’re at it either. It’s awe inspiring that our own government even allows such partnerships to happen with a communist country, as that MIGHT be a small national security threat and all. I guess we’re way beyond that now with our own President on the Chinese dole. Glad our elected leaders and big businesses care so deeply about protecting this country huh? This is one of those problems the American people didn’t ask for, we just got handed a problem created by our stupid leaders.

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