Enes Kanter Freedom gets standing ovation, awarded ‘Most Valuable Patriot’ at Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards

Basketball sensation Enes Kanter Freedom sacrificed his profession as an expert basketball participant to be a voice for the unvoiced, and Thursday evening 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 individuals who want it most, being a logo of peace across the globe. In the NBA and throughout most sports activities at massive, 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 mentioned 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 toddler, 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 dwell 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 pals inspired him to burn American flags and crosses, one thing he mentioned was commonplace.

“They even gave me a flag to burn it, and I received so scared, I threw it [sic] it down,” Freedom mentioned. “I ran upstairs to my mother. I used to be like, mother, you understand, that is what my pals are telling me to hate Americans, and… American persons are dangerous, and so what do I do?”

“And she mentioned, 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 all the things for him.

Freedom, who was born in Turkey, has undergone a tumultuous journey since first talking towards human rights abuses world wide.

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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 individuals who want it most.

Enes Kanter Freedom, whose human rights advocacy has ruffled feathers, hopes to bend UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s ear about her go to to China.
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“Whatever occurs in life, all the time stand for the reality. Stand for justice and stand for no matter you consider in, even when it means sacrificing all the things you have got,” Freedom, who has spoken out towards human rights abuses at the arms of the Chinese Communist Party and has raised consciousness surrounding the mistreatment of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hongkongers, and Taiwanese, mentioned 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 objective.

“The motive I wished so as to add “Freedom” behind my jersey was to remind each baby in America how blessed they’re in one of the best place on the planet,” he mentioned.

“I consider America goes to have even higher years going ahead. That is giving me a lot motivation to battle for what’s proper. I symbolize freedom. That’s, like, one of the best factor that I might do.”

Nov 28, 2021;  Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (13) gestures as he reacts to an officials call against Toronto Raptors in the second half at Scotiabank Arena.

Nov 28, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics middle Enes Kanter (13) gestures as he reacts to an officers name towards Toronto Raptors within the second half at Scotiabank Arena.
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Freedom mentioned he hasn’t seen his household in 9 years, however rapidly famous that everybody within the room would now fill that void.

“Last time I noticed my household was 9 years in the past,” Kanter mentioned. “I speak in regards to the issues have been [sic] occurring in China, just about misplaced my profession… so the one factor that I all the time try this I used to hope each evening and say, ‘God, please, simply let me see, let me see my household another time.'”

“But now I got here right here and see you guys,” he advised the gang.

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