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Celtics’ Enes Kanter changing name to Enes Kanter Freedom

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 27: Enes Kanter #13 of the Boston Celtics reacts before the game against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on October 27, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

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This season, Celtics center Enes Kanter has used social media to call Chinese President Xi Jinping a “dictator” (which got all Celtics games taken off streaming service in China), called out LeBron James and Nike for doing business and their stances in China, worn shoes painted with slogans and phrases about the Uyghur population in China and accusing the Chinese government of genocide, and called Nets owner Joseph Tsai a “puppet” of the Chinese government.

Now he’s taking his push for human rights in China to a new level: Monday, when Kanter officially becomes a U.S. Citizen, he is changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Kanter still comes in second on the unexpected name change list in the NBA, the former Metta World Peace still holds that crown.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, never one to hold his tongue on political matters, praised Kanter for speaking his mind.