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Boston Celtics center Aeneas Kantor had scathing remarks about Chinese President Xi Jinping Results for the organization abroad.


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Kanter sent a pro-Tibetan message facebook video on Wednesday and during the game against new York Knicks, he wore “Free Tibet” on his sneakers. He called Xi a “brutal dictator”.

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Detail of shoes worn by Boston Celtics number 13, Anse Kantor, with the words “Free Tibet” during the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Steer/Getty Images)

“My message to the Chinese government is independent Tibet. Tibet belongs to Tibetans, I am here to add my voice and speak out against what is happening in Tibet under the brutal rule of the Chinese government,” he said.

He added: “I say, ‘Shame on the Chinese government.’ The Chinese dictatorship is destroying Tibetan identity and culture.”

The Celtics-Knicks game was “unavailable” to rerun on Chinese streaming giant Tencent, according to new York Times. Tencent Sports reportedly hinted it won’t stream Celtics games for the foreseeable future — a move already pulled Philadelphia 76ers The game as punishment for pro-Hong Kong support of Daryl Morey, then-Houston Rockets general manager, two years ago.

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Anse Kanter, number 11 of the Boston Celtics, looks on against the Miami Heat during a preseason game at FTX Arena on October 15, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

A Celtics fan said on China’s social media platform Weibo that they would stop posting about the team.

“Strongly oppose any behavior that harms national harmony and the dignity of the motherland!”

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Chinese authorities have recently made a major push for Tibetans to speak standard spoken and written Chinese. The Communist Party of China said it had “peacefully liberated” Tibetans from so-called “repressive democracy” and restored Chinese rule over the region. Critics have said that the move towards cultural identity would lead to the end of Tibetan tradition.

Cantor is one of the most outspoken NBA players on geopolitics. He criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and expressed fears he could be executed if he steps out of the US

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