US basketball pro Brittney Griner is still in custody in Moscow. A debate is raging in her home country about whether she needs more help. After a comment from LeBron James, basketball colleague Enes Freedom now speaks up.
NBA superstar LeBron James hinted this week that he doesn’t think the US government is doing enough to get basketball player Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russia, released home.
“How can she feel like America is behind her? I would ask myself, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’ James said on a TV show about Griner, who was arrested in Moscow for drug possession shortly after the war began.
This has now provoked a reaction from NBA pro Enes Freedom (formerly Enes Kanter). In recent years, the Turk-born Freedom has emerged as a political activist and vocal critic of Erdogan and the Chinese government and other non-democratic regimes. Freedom has previously criticized LeBron James and has now lashed out at him over his Griner testimony.
“You can volunteer for an exchange for her. You can leave the country. Some people literally have NO idea what it’s like to live in a dictatorship. They take their freedom for granted.”
The original of this article “Trouble with Moscow prisoner Brittney Griner: In US sports, nerves are now on edge” comes from OpenCourt-Basketball.