One thing that will instantly get the attention of NBA Commissioner David Silver it’s if anyone connected with the NBA were to criticize China.
Exhibit A is former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey.
China is a huge supporter of the NBA, and the league makes hundreds of millions from doing business there.
Enes Kanter has been criticizing the country for weeks, but Monday he put Nike into his crosshairs as well.
Kanter is a center for the Boston Celtics and has always been outspoken and a fighter for justice all over the wold. Monday he blasted China and Nike for refusing to speak out about the use of slave labor to manufacture Nike shoes in China.
He posted a video to his Twitter account, and had very concise commentary about what he is perceiving is happening.
The video began with Kanter actually praising Nike for speaking out against “injustices” in the United States, but then he took his gloves off and went after Nike for not doing the same thing in China.
“When it comes to China, Nike remains silent. You do not address police brutality in China. You do not speak about discrimination about the LGBTQ community. You do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China.”
Kanter wasn’t done, and went even harder at Nike, accusing them of being scared to speak up, and then asking the company a question.
“Who makes your shoes in China? Do you even know? There are so many forced labor factories in China. For instance, Uyghur forced labor.”
Kanter has a half million followers on Twitter, and he concluded with this direct statement to them and anyone watching the video.
“Don’t forget: Every time you put those shoes on your feet, or you put that t-shirt on your back, there are so many tears and so much oppression and so much blood behind it all.”