Former NBA player Enes Freedom stirred up a hornets nest of controversy surrounding transgender athletes on Friday with a bizarre tweet.
Freedom, formerly known as Enes Kanter, also pointed the finger at women’s rights activists and “feminists” for not standing up to transgender athletes dominating women’s events.
“Men don’t belong in women’s spaces,” Freedom tweeted.
“Restrooms – Locker Rooms or Sports.
“Since I’m blackballed from the @NBA, should I put on a wig, identify as a woman and start dominating the @WNBA?
“Is that when the outrage will begin? Is that fair to all the women who spent their whole life chasing their goals? Where are all the Women Rights Activists and Feminists?!”
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
Freedom played 11 seasons in the NBA, averaging 11.2 point and 7.8 rebounds per game. Since leaving the league in 2022, he has been embroiled in a high-profile dispute with the government in his native Turkey over human rights abuses. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put a $500,000 bounty on Freedom earlier this year.
America is a free country, and Freedom can say what he wants without fear of being targeted by death squads. But he best be prepared for some brutal feedback on Twitter.
You not gonna play defense there either
— Lominattii (@lominattii) August 11, 2023
This guy pretending he was “blackballed” is comical
— Adam Schiavone (@AdamSchiavone) August 11, 2023
You really turned into a major tool. It’s just sad man
— Ethical Hoops🏆 (only takes Ws) (@EthicalHoopz) August 11, 2023
We’re behind you gurl!! Let’s go!!
— It’s Sowell Goodman!! (@BettrCallSowell) August 11, 2023
Once your career drys up you just gotta grift
— #1 New Deal Enthusiast 👑 (@giveemhellharry) August 11, 2023
It would be hilarious. That would boost WNBA revenue.
— Cryptofiend (@CryptoFiend45) August 11, 2023
Trust me, nobody on earth is buying tickets to watch him play…in any sport
— Harlon Mumphrey (@Tefro_D) August 11, 2023
I don’t agree with you on everything, but this I can get behind.
— Larry Bechdel (@lbechdel) August 11, 2023