Basketball sensation Enes Kanter Freedom sacrificed his profession as an expert basketball participant to be a voice for the unvoiced, and Thursday night time he was applauded by Fox Nation for it.
Freedom was awarded the “MVP” at the fourth annual Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards in Hollywood, Florida, Thursday, as he continues to advocate for many who want it most, being a logo of peace across the globe. In the NBA and throughout most sports activities at giant, the MVP title has traditionally been an acronym for “Most Valuable Player.” In FOX’s court docket, nonetheless, it means “Most Valuable Patriot.”
“I can not thanks guys sufficient,” Kanter stated upon receiving the award, given to him by Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade. “I’m actually honored and humbled to be right here.”
Freedom quickly recalled a second that shocked him as a baby, prompting him to open his thoughts to the West, and even finally to like the United States of America.
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He advised a stay and enthusiastic viewers at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that, rising up in Turkey, anti-West sentiment was rampant. He cited a narrative through which his mates inspired him to burn American flags and crosses, one thing he stated was commonplace.
“They even gave me a flag to burn it, and I bought so scared, I threw [sic] it down,” Freedom stated. “I ran upstairs to my mother. I used to be like, mother, you recognize, that is what my mates are telling me to hate Americans, and… American individuals are unhealthy, and so what do I do?”
“And she stated, I’m not going to let you know what to do, however do not hate anybody earlier than you meet them,” he continued. “I gave a promise [to] my mother, dad… That I’m not going to hate anybody earlier than I meet them.”
That promise modified every thing for him.
Freedom, who was born in Turkey, has undergone a tumultuous journey since first talking towards human rights abuses all over the world.
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He has been focused by the Turkish authorities for his outspoken nature and was dropped from the Houston Rockets this 12 months, however the pushback has not stopped him from advocating for many who want it most.
“Whatever occurs in life, at all times stand for the reality. Stand for justice and stand for no matter you consider in, even when it means sacrificing every thing you may have,” Freedom, who has spoken out towards human rights abuses at the palms of the Chinese Communist Party and has raised consciousness surrounding the mistreatment of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hongkongers, and Taiwanese, stated Thursday.
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In 2021, he took his activism to new heights when he turned an American citizen, even altering his title to “Freedom” to honor his deeper life goal.
“The purpose I needed so as to add “Freedom” behind my jersey was to remind each youngster in America how blessed they’re in the very best place on the planet,” he stated.
“I consider America goes to have even higher years going ahead. That is giving me a lot motivation to struggle for what’s proper. I characterize freedom. That’s, like, the very best factor that I might do.”
Freedom stated he hasn’t seen his household in 9 years, however shortly famous that everybody within the room would now fill that void.
“Last time I noticed my household was 9 years in the past,” Kanter stated. “I discuss concerning the issues had been [sic] occurring in China, just about misplaced my profession… so the one factor that I at all times do this I used to wish each night time and say, ‘God, please, simply let me see, let me see my household yet another time.'”
“But now I got here right here and see you guys,” he advised the group.
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