Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter, an avid human rights advocate, changes his name to Enes Kanter Freedom as part of his celebration of becoming a U.S. citizen.
athleticism first reported Kanter’s announcement on Sunday.
Kanter’s manager Hank Fetic said The Associated Press his client will attend his citizenship oath ceremony on Monday, and at the same time complete his legal name change.
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter legally changes its name to Enes Kanter Freedom, @TheAthletic @Stadium learned. Kanter will be his middle name, Freedom is his new surname. He becomes a US citizen on Monday.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 28, 2021
Kanter follows other NBA stars who have legally changed their names.
In 1981, Golden State Warriors forward Lloyd Bernard Free changed his name to World B. Free. And in 2010, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Art was legally changed his name to the world peace of Metta.
Kanter, an 11-year NBA veteran, has become a leading critic of the Chinese Communist Party and the government of his native Turkey in recent years.
Earlier this month, the Chinese government withdrew the Celtics game’s broadcast and highlights after Kanter job a video calling Chinese President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator”.
Kanter too called Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James for keeping quiet about Nike’s production practices in China while enjoying the sneakers bearing his name.
In an interview with CNNKanter also called basketball legend Michael Jordan, saying the owner of the Charlotte Hornets had done nothing for the black community.