Enes Kanter turned his fury over China’s human rights abuses onto LA Lakers’ star LeBron James and Nike.
The Boston Celtics’ player tweeted photos of custom shoes that depicted James in a Miami Heat uniform kneeling amongst money bags and being crowned by Chinese president Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag.
The other side of the red shoe featured the text, “Hey, still researching and getting educated,” alongside a crown, while the front of the sneaker said, “Morals > Money.”
The right shoe read, “Principals > Money” on the toe box and said “I am informed and educated on the system.” The black shoe features a blue face mask that represents protest against Uighur concentration camps in Xinjiang province of China. A crown on the other side says “Silence.”
Kanter was clearly gunning for James, who has a crown logo on his line of Nike shoes and uses KingJames as his Twitter handle.
Money over Morals for the “King” 👑
Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice
They really do “shut up & dribble” when Big Boss 🇨🇳 says so
Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research? pic.twitter.com/YUA8rGYeoZ
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) November 18, 2021
“Money over Morals for the “King,”” Kanter posted with a crown emoji on Thursday. “Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice.”
Kanter’s accusation against James stems from the Lakers star’s deal with Nike, who he alleged uses slave labor to manufacture the shooting gaurd’s signature shoe line. Last month he offered to buy James a ticket to the country to visit the “slave labor camps” so they could see it with his own eyes.
“They really do “shut up & dribble” when Big Boss [China] says so,” the tweet continued. “Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”
The question was a play on comments James made in 2019 about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who tweeted an image that read: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” James claimed that Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation.”
“When I speak about something, I speak about something I’m very knowledgeable about, something I’m very passionate about,” he continued.
“I feel like with this particular situation, it was something not only I was not informed enough about, I just felt like it was something that not only myself or my teammates or my organization had enough information to even talk about it at that point in time and we still feel the same way.”