Uber-patriotic professional basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom slammed NBA star LeBron James for trying to walk back his negative remarks about the United States.
“You call it a step back, we call this a walk back. You are free to leave buddy or you can even volunteer for an exchange for her. Some people literally have NO idea what is it like to live in a dictatorship. Keep taking your freedom for granted,” Kanter Freedom tweeted late Tuesday.
You call it a step back, we call this a walk back.
You are free to leave buddy or you can even volunteer for an exchange for her.
Some people literally have NO idea what is it like to live in a dictatorship.
Keep taking your freedom for granted. https://t.co/RG28O6co1E pic.twitter.com/QqpPuLrB72
— Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) July 13, 2022
The tweet was posted about 20 minutes after James published his “walk back.”
“My comments on ‘The Shop’ regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country. I was simply saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she’s been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome,” the mea culpa read.
My comments on “The Shop” regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country. I was simply saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she’s been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 13, 2022
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 13, 2022
As previously reported, James stirred up controversy when, during a recent episode of his TV talk show, “The Shop,” he said that if he were Brittney Griner — the women’s basketball star who’s been locked up in a Russian prison since February over drug smuggling charges — he wouldn’t even want to return to the states.
“How can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like ‘Do I even want to go back to America?'” he said.
In fairness to James, his diss of America was presumably based largely on Democrat President Joe Biden’s demonstrable low interest in her case.
Recall how hard former Republican President Donald Trump had worked to secure the release of rapper A$AP Rocky after he was arrested in Sweden on allegations of assault three years ago.
Donald Trump reportedly was ready to launch a trade war against Sweden if they didn’t release ASAP Rocky from jail in 2019, according to Sweden’s Justice Minister. pic.twitter.com/jULhE3jM6t
— Hot Freestyle (@HotFreestyle) July 1, 2022
Meanwhile, earlier this month Griner wrote a handwritten letter to Biden begging him to do something, anything to secure her release.
“I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other American Detainees. Please do all you can to bring us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you,” the letter read.
“I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home.”
NEW: A letter from Brittney Griner was sent to the White House today, making a direct appeal to President Biden for her freedom. Representatives shared the following excerpts: pic.twitter.com/pvh4IpOfou
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) July 4, 2022
To the president’s credit, he reportedly read the letter, spoke with Griner’s wife, Cherelle, and responded with a letter of his own.
“The president called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible. He also read her a draft of the letter the president is sending to Brittney Griner today,” the White House said in a statement last week.
However, Griner was nevertheless forced to plead guilty “to drug possession and smuggling charges at her trial in Moscow” late last week.
“‘I’d like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn’t want to break the law,’ she explained to the court, which was translated into Russian. ‘I’d like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare,'” BizPac Review reported.
“Griner was arrested at the Moscow airport in February after she was allegedly caught in possession of two vape cartridges of cannabis oil. She was in the country at the time to play for UMMC Ekaterinburg, which she does as a way to supplement her income during the WNBA’s off-season,” the article noted.
As of July 14th, Griner remained in a Russian prison, and the president of the United States had seemingly done nothing substantive — not even post a tweet about Griner — to help.
Brittney Griner won’t be coming home anytime soon. Joe Biden and the democrats won’t do nothing to get her home they don’t care. If Trump was in office he would have got her home right away.
— Alex578777 (@jerrybutler2454) July 10, 2022
So in one way, James may have had a point. But weighed against his history of anti-Americanism, critics, including Kanter Freedom, were not willing to give him any leeway.
The guy’s been trash-talking America for years, all while bending over backward for the communists in China.
Kanter Freedom, on the other hand, has been vocal in his defense of America and doubly vocal in his criticism of the world’s worst civil rights violators, particularly the communists in China to whom James prefers bowing.
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