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Friday, January 13, 2023

Turkey has put a $500K bounty on Enes Freedom’s head

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Former NBA center Enes Kanter Freedom has had a bounty put out on him by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government worth up to 10 million Turkish lira, or about $500,000, for information leading to his capture.

Freedom is on the country’s 2023 most-wanted terrorists list as he has been famously outspoken regarding Turkey’s human rights abuses through Erdogan’s government. He told the New York Post that he found out about the bounty a week ago.

"Before the bounty, Turkish intelligence were after the people on the list, but now everyone is after them because they want the money," Freedom told the Post.

"Because of my platform, whenever I say something, it goes everywhere, and the Turkish government hates that," Freedom told the Post. "They’re really sick of it, and they said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and doing whatever they can to shut me up."

Freedom, 30, most recently played 35 games with the Boston Celtics last season on their run to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. But Kanter isn’t on a team now, and he suspects it’s due to his criticism of President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.

The NBA has a strong relationship with China, where basketball is an extremely popular sport. Freedom also said things about Nike due to their manufacturing deals with China, and the sports brand has large ties with the league as well.

Former NBA center Enes Kanter Freedom has had a bounty put out on him by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government worth up to 10 million Turkish lira, or about $500,000, for information leading to his capture.

Freedom is on the country’s 2023 most-wanted terrorists list as he has been famously outspoken regarding Turkey’s human rights abuses through Erdogan’s government. He told the New York Post that he found out about the bounty a week ago.

"Before the bounty, Turkish intelligence were after the people on the list, but now everyone is after them because they want the money," Freedom told the Post.

Freedom hasn’t held back his thoughts on Erdogan throughout his NBA career, calling him a "dictator," and even going as far to say he’s the "Hitler of our century."

Freedom is on the terrorist list along with real terrorists, others that have spoken out about Erdogan and his government, and multiple journalists. Just this past year, the number of journalists that have been put in jail doubled.

Freedom has worn shoes with messages that included "No Beijing 2022," "Free Tibet" and more. He said pressure from the NBA was put on him to take them off.

Freedom was traded from the Celtics to the Houston Rockets, but they dropped him quickly after the transaction.

On the Turkish Interior Ministry website, Freedom is described as a member of a terrorist organization.

“I’m not the only one. There are so many innocent journalists, academics, athletes, activists and educators on this list. Now their lives are in danger because of the Turkish government,” Freedom told Turkish Minute.

Freedom, who currently lives in Washington D.C., explained that he’s being protected 24/7 and is in constant contact with local authorities as well as the FBI.

Freedom believes he has been blackballed by the NBA for standing up for human rights and criticizing the league. He spent 13 seasons in the NBA with his last being the 2021-22 campaign with the Boston Celtics playing in 35 games and averaging 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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