China bans Boston Celtics games after Enes Kanter criticizes Xi Jingping

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Days after communist China banned Bible software on their mobile phone applications, the nation issued a crackdown on televised sports games, due to comments from a player against the Chinese president.

Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter posted a video on Twitter before the Celtics game on Wednesday criticizing Chinese president Xi Jingping. Kanter called Xingping a “brutal dictator” and implored him to allow the Tibetan people freedom from Chinese rule.

Kanter said,

I say, ‘Shame on the Chinese government.’ The Chinese dictatorship is erasing Tibetan identity and culture…Brutal dictator of China, Xi Jinping, I have a message for you and your henchman. Free Tibet, free Tibet, free Tibet.

He also shared a picture on Twitter of a personalized pair of shoes with the words “Free Tibet” on the side, highlighting some of the hardships facing the Tibetan population:

Kanter’s words caught the attention of the Chinese media. The communist country banned all Celtics NBA games on television and internet services in the country. Communist officials disregarded Kanter’s comments, claiming the NBA player was merely trying to get attention.

Clearly, Kanter’s words, no matter their intention, did get the attention of the Chinese government.