Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter took an absolutely brutal shot at LeBron James when his team faced the Lakers this weekend.
Standing up to China, the NBA, Nike, and all of sports media, Enes Kanter let his opinion on LeBron's foolishness be known when he tweeted out pictures of his shoes that he planned to wear on the court Friday night against the King.
The entire LeBron/China controversy started a couple years back, and The Hill summarizes the sequence of events well:
In 2019, when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the protesters in Hong Kong and the NBA issued an apology, James said that Morey was "either misinformed or not really educated on the situation."
Since then he's received flak online for his refusal to speak out against China's human rights issues. In a separate press conference, James alluded to his activism in the U.S., saying he speaks out against racism and social injustice, but limits his advocacy to his "own community."
Kanter, who grew up in Turkey, has been an outspoken critic of both Turkey's and China's authoritarian governments, placing a particular focus on China's treatment of the Uyghurs, a mostly Muslim and Turkic-speaking minority.
LeBron, who has no room to criticize literally anyone for being "misinformed or not really educated," took his stand in 2019 to stand up for China and his millions of dollars deal.
Kanter, on the other hand, has used his platform to call out China and their genocide against Uyghur Muslims.
But LeBron is the hero of our modern age, of course.
Kanter, sure enough, didn't back down to the big hate. Here's a picture of his shoes on the floor of Friday night's game.
You can see "King James" being crowned by China's Xi Jinping, AKA Winnie The Pooh.
This is exactly what speaking truth to power looks like.
LeBron James is a Social Justice "hero." He's Nike's biggest name. He's the face of the NBA.
But Kanter is the real hero. It takes real courage to stand against all of these forces when you are also part of the NBA.
We need more people like him who aren't afraid to tell the truth.