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Enes Kanter calls out Michael Jordan for placating black community with money but offering no real help

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter has blasted NBA superstar Michael Jordan for not doing more for the black community.

Kanter has previously been outspoken about humans rights violations and the role he says that Nike plays in human rights atrocities.

What are the details?

A Sunday report from Mediaite states that Turkish-born Kanter made the remarks during a CNN segment on Sunday night in which he accused Jordan of doing "nothing for the black community in America" save for "giving them money."

Kanter told CNN's Pamela Brown that the famed basketball player "has not done anything for the black community because he cares too much about his shoe sales."

"Not many people are talking about Michael Jordan," Kanter complained. "Michael Jordan hasn't done anything, nothing, for the black community in America besides just, you know, giving them money. I feel like we need to call out these athletes. At least LeBron James is going out there and being the voice of all those people who are oppressed in America."

What else?

Later during the interview, Kanter added that those purchasing Nike products should consider "every time you put your shoes on, you put that T-shirt on your back, there is so much blood and sweat and oppression on those items, so please, think twice before you buy any of their stuff."

In October, he took aim at Nike CEO Phil Knight for not speaking up against China's atrocities.

"Dear Nike, your company says that you're making a positive impact in our communities," Kanter began in a video-message shared to his social media channels at the time. "And that is true. Yes, you are. Here, in the United States, Nike stands with Black Lives Matter, Nike stands with Stop Asian Hate, Nike stands with the Latino community, and Nike stands with the LGBTQ community. And Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America."

"But when it comes to China, Nike remains silent," he added. "You do not address police brutality in China, you do not speak about discrimination against the LGBTQ community, you do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China. You are scared to speak up."

Kanter insisted that Nike is utilizing forced Uyghur labor.

"Who makes your shoes in China? Do you even know? There are so many forced labor factories in China," Kanter continued.

Nike has previously insisted that it "does not source products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region."

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