Enes Kanter reveals word he will put on back of his jersey

Rob Bradford
July 02, 2020 - 3:27 pm

Enes Kanter is utilizing his platform to emphasize the importance of one word.

The Celtics center announced Thursday that he will be putting "Freedom" on the back of his jersey when the NBA season resumes later this month. It is an opportunity made possible by the league's acceptance of participating players displaying social justice messages instead of their last names.

"I think now the whole NBA and the whole world know what I'm representing," Kanter told CNN.

"If you look at what is going on in the world right now lots of people out there need their freedom and they are fighting for it. That word means so much to me. That's why I think I'm going to put 'freedom' behind my jersey. My message to the whole world and all the people out there: Keep fighting for freedom. Keep fighting for justice. Stand for what you believe and never back down. Don't let any dictatorship silence you because your human rights and freedom and justice is the most important thing in life."