Basketball superstar Enes Kanter has confirmed that he “really considers” a career in politics after his time in the NBA ends.
On Monday, during the SiriusXM podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show,” host Megyn Kelly asked the Boston Celtics center about her recent appearances with politicians on both sides of the political aisle, naming people as the Democratic governor of California Gavin Newsom, New York Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Republican Senator from South Carolina Tim Scott and Republican Senator from Arkansas Tom Cotton.
âYou go on MSNBC, you go on Fox,â Kelly said. âIt made me wonder if you maybe have a future in politics. So you can actually make a difference in other ways too. (RELATED: NBA Player Enes Kanter Says He’s Becoming A Citizen Of ‘The World’s Greatest Country’)
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âNot that you don’t make a difference now,â she added. “You are doing something important now.”
“You know it is important to put the right people in politics because it can literally change the direction of the country,” Enes replied. âSo, you know, when I sit down with so many politicians, Democrats, and Republicans, you know the first thing they tell me is, ‘you know, you’ve got a bright future in politics. So, after your basketball career, please think about it.
“And I was like, you know what, I’m actually considering it after my basketball career,” he added. âI don’t know how long I’ll be playing in the NBA. But after my sports career, I would like to start getting into American politics.
Kanter recently celebrated his official citizenship of the United States. He was one of the only voices in the league to defend the Uyghurs and the Tibetan people as he criticized China for its human rights violations.
He also recently called out basketball star LeBron James for valuing “money on morals” and US businesses “for turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in China.”