Former NBA player says he’d like to become a member of Congress

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Former NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom said during a Thursday appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” that he would eventually like to become a member of Congress.

“I actually do,” Freedom replied when Bartiromo asked him if he had interest in making a run for public office. She then asked him if he would like to serve as a member of Congress: “I would actually,” Freedom replied, adding, “when the time is right.”

When asked if he is currently making plans to run for public office, Freedom responded in the affirmative, but when asked if he is fundraising, Freedom said he has not begun yet.

Enes Kanter Freedom considers run for public office: ‘When the time is right’

Freedom, who regularly speaks out against human rights abuses around the globe, has been an outspoken critic of China and of the NBA for its extensive business connections to China and its refusal to condemn China for human rights violations.

Earlier this month, he attended President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address as a guest of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Freedom, 30, was born in Switzerland but raised in Turkey — in 2021, he was sworn in as an American citizen and added “Freedom” to his name.

“I am proud to be an American. Greatest nation in the world. The Land of the free, and home of the brave,” he tweeted when sharing a video of his swearing in ceremony.

NBA star LeBron James recently broke the NBA record for most career points scored, but Freedom has accused him of bowing to China.

The Spectator reported that Freedom said James “knows that the shoes that he has been wearing are made by slave kids. So I do not respect any of the Nike athletes out there who are talking about social justice.”

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