Several Twitter users immediately took Enes Kanter Freedom to task after the Boston Celtics center seemingly referred to Jeremy Lin as Taiwanese instead of American.
“How disgusting of you”: Freedom, 29, took to Twitter on Sunday to call out Lin, 33, for playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and not standing with Taiwan.
Shame on you @JLin7
Haven’t you had enough of that Dirty Chinese Communist Party money feeding you to stay silent?
How disgusting of you to turn your back against your country & your people.
Stand with Taiwan!
Stop bowing to money & the Dictatorship.
Morals over Money brother
— Enes Kanter FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) December 5, 2021
- “Shame on you @JLin7. Haven’t you had enough of that Dirty Chinese Communist Party money feeding you to stay silent?” Freedom wrote. “How disgusting of you to turn your back against your country & your people. Stand with Taiwan! Stop bowing to money & the Dictatorship. Morals over Money brother.”
- Twitter users were quick to correct Freedom in his tweet by pointing out that Lin is a Taiwanese American and was born in Torrance, California.
— celticsdraft (@DraftCeltics) December 5, 2021
— MaliBoi 🇳🇴 (16-7) (@Elmi218) December 5, 2021
He’s American. From Palo Alto, CA. Instead of constantly tweeting, maybe do a little research first.
— Cards on a Budget (@BudgetCards) December 5, 2021
Jeremy Lin was born in Torrance
— JEREMIAH (@stjeremiah_) December 5, 2021
Jeremy was born in California
— Eric (@E__Y__) December 5, 2021
I get what you’re trying to do but to go after Jeremy Lin (who was literally born in California) for it, unprovoked really just makes you look hateful. It’s ok to stand up for what’s right and what you believe in but then go after the right people. Not some bball player who has
— Melina Martínez (@MelinasSunshine) December 6, 2021
- Freedom’s call-out came days after Lin, a point guard, announced that he would be returning to the Chinese Basketball Association to play for the Beijing Ducks in the 2021-22 season after failing to find a team in the NBA.
- “Playing basketball in China feels at home,” the Taiwanese American player said. “Thanks all fans for the support, and I am looking forward to the second and third phase of this season.”
- Other responses to Freedom’s tweet:
You really living up to this pic.twitter.com/hsNSyproQM
— Morris ChestNOT (@HoChiMayne) December 6, 2021
Enes, I pray that Jesus heal the bitterness and wound in your heart! May people pay you kindness even when you are unkind to them. May God save your soul.
— Paul (@lipa0902) December 6, 2021
Stop bowing to money?
Morals over Money?
If you hold your phone close to your face, you can smell the hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/AVBf4qubXG
— Tony Michael (@TonyMichael) December 5, 2021
Jeremy Lin minding his business when hears Enes Kanter randomly calling him out😅😭 pic.twitter.com/UgiTuZHskj
— Monkey (Big) D. Luffy (@MauralCode) December 6, 2021
Other details: The Celtics player, who recently changed his last name to Freedom after becoming an American citizen, has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and several NBA personalities, including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai and Nike founder Phil Knight.