Clay Travis: Enes Kanter's stance on China brave, admirable

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is continuing on in his one-man NBA stand against the human-rights violations in China, this time with his eyes on the International Olympic Committee.


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 22: Enes Kanter #13 of the Boston Celtics looks on before during the Celtics home opener against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on October 22, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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“Shame on organizations like the International Olympic Committee that’s setting up an Olympic Games this upcoming winter in China where there’s a dictatorship happening right now,” Kanter said. “We need to boycott the Winter Olympics.”

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter displays a message on his shoes during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Boston. 
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As Clay noted, so does much of the media that covers the league.

For instance, when Kanter wore shoes depicting James bowing to China during a Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers game, reporters only asked James what he made of the shoes. They never bothered with the natural follow-up question of what James actually thinks of China.

Reporters knew that would be frowned upon by James, the league they cover and likely their employers. So they avoided it entirely to spin the narrative against Kanter — and therefore, in favor of the atrocities being committed in China.

Oct 30, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter sits on the bench against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA made its bed as a league that speaks out against social injustices everywhere. It plays games and holds exhibitions and camps in China. As Kanter suggested, it therefore needs to hold China to the same standard as it does cities in the United States.

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