Enes Kanters rips Nike for remaining silent on China

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By , Audacy Sports

Celtics Center Enes Kanter has been in the news the past week or so -- not for what he has done on the court, but rather for advocating for the disenfranchised in China.

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Kanter has brought to light a lot of the issues going on in the communist country, including the treatment of Uyghurs, an ethnic minority group. He has criticized President Xi Jinping, and now he has called out Nike over their stance on the country.

In a video Kanter posted to his nearly 500,000 Twitter followers, Kanter began by giving the shoe giant credit for speaking out on injustices going on in the United States, before ripping the company for not holding China to the same standards.

"When it comes to China, Nike remains silent," the NBA star said. "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 continued, saying Nike forces many into slave labor to make their shoes, and has not committed or shown any efforts to make things better.

“Nike claims that they do not allow any forced labor in their supply chains. Yet, they don’t have the receipt to prove it,” Kanter said in the video. “They have not provided clear timelines or updates about their efforts to end this. They have not publicly committed to the steps outlined by the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labor.”

On Monday during the Celtics' win over the Hornets, Kanter was seen wearing customized shoes with the words "Modern Day Slavery" and "No More Excuses" written on them.

Nike had previously stated that it does not source any products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and said that its code of conduct prohibit forced and indentured labor, and found no evidence of Uyghur or other ethnic minority from XUAR employment in its supply chain.

“Nike takes very seriously any reports about forced labor and we have been engaging with multi-stakeholder working groups to assess collective solutions that will help preserve the integrity of our global supply chains,” Nike wrote in a public statement WHEN. “We regularly provide insight and feedback at the request of policymakers on a wide range of public policy issues, including human rights and supply chain integrity, and have not lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, or any other proposed forced labor legislation.”

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