Enes Kanter to change his last name to 'Freedom,' passes US citizenship test

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Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter, a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party and other NBA personalities, has announced his plan to change his last name to “Freedom.”

New country, new name: NBA Insider Shams Charania first broke the news of the 29-year-old Turkish athlete’s name change.

  • The center, who will go by the full name of Enes Kanter Freedom, shared that his new last name “comes from what his teammates have been calling him.”




  • The official name change will happen after Kanter’s U.S. citizenship oath on Monday, his team’s manager, Hank Fetic, told the Associated Press.

  • Kanter reportedly passed his citizenship test early last week.


Making headlines: Kanter has been making the news over the past month for his strong stance against the Chinese government and Nike’s alleged use of a Chinese factory linked to forced Uyghur.


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