Enes Freedom last played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics during the 2021-22 season, but he’s still been finding ways to keep his name in the spotlight.
Freedom is a very outspoken individual and constantly making appearances on Fox News. During his latest appearance on the network, he floated out the idea of putting on a wig and changing his name to “Eneshia” to play in the WNBA. Freedom also claimed he would average 60 points and 30 rebounds per game if he were to play in the WNBA.
Enes Kanter Freedom floats idea of throwing on a wig, renaming himself "Eneshia," and claiming he's a woman to force the WNBA to sign him to make an anti-trans athlete statement.
"Maybe I should do it and it will show my point, actually. I will average 60 points." pic.twitter.com/IODvvEgoVy
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 15, 2023
Freedom was speaking about transgender athletes. He seems to be very passionate about his views on the subject.
Men don’t belong in women’s spaces.
Restrooms – Locker Rooms or Sports.
Is that when the outrage will begin?
Is that fair to all the women who spent their whole life…
— Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) August 11, 2023
Plenty of fans decided to attack Freedom for his comments, pointing to his subpar abilities on the defensive end as one reason why he would struggle to play well in the league. The former first-round pick gained notoriety during his time in the league for struggling to defend opponents in pick-and-roll situations.
Though Freedom has not yet retired from professional basketball, his last official game came on Feb. 8, 2022. He’s really built himself up on the political stage since then.
It’ll be interesting to see if the big man, who has played for five NBA teams throughout his career, is able to somehow make his way back into the league sometime in the near future.
He holds career averages of 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 54.8 percent shooting from the field. He’s played for the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Celtics.
Freedom is no stranger to controversy. Though he was born in Switzerland, he grew up in Turkey. He eventually started to publicly criticize the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led to his family disowning him. His passport was also cancelled.
People likely won’t have to wait much longer to hear Freedom express a passionate view on a touchy subject.