Enes Kanter Freedom — the NBA center who's made headlines for criticizing China's human rights record, all while playing for a league that craves the communist country's cash — predicted in an PBS interview that he'd soon be gone from basketball due to his views:
"Soon" turned out to be 24 hours after his above interview with Margaret Hoover.
On Thursday, Freedom's now-former team, the Boston Celtics, traded him to the Houston Rockets — and with that, the Rockets cut him, Outkick reported.
"Coincidence?" the outlet asked in its headline.
In his PBS interview, Hoover asked Freedom, “Do you think they’re trying to silence you?”
With that, Freedom — who became an American citizen last year and decided to officially change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom to mark the occasion — replied, “Oh, for sure they are."
It's worth noting that the Rockets in 2019 were embroiled in controversy after then-General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong — a move that cost the team significant China partnerships.
Last month Freedom blasted Chamath Palihapitiya, a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, for brushing off China's oppression of the Uyghurs. "When genocides happen, it is people like this that let it happen," Freedom said of Palihapitiya.
Freedom added in a subsequent tweet that Palihapitiya's "disgusting" comments are "against everything the @nbastands for; I want the #NBA commissioner Adam Silver & @warriors board members to step in and push him to [sell] his shares."
And just this week it was announced that Freedom is slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later in February in Orlando, Florida.
"The world needs to understand! I do NOT care about politics. The only thing I care about is Human rights, Freedom and being the voice for the voiceless," Freedom tweeted Monday. "The question people should ask themselves is; Despite our differences, what can we do to make this world better, TOGETHER?"