Boston Celtics center says he will change his name and become a US citizen

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(CNN)Boston Celtics halfway Enes Kanter, an outspoken professional of quality rights issues, volition go a US national Monday and legally alteration his sanction to Enes Kanter Freedom, the NBA subordinate told CNN's John Berman.

Moving forward, "Freedom" volition beryllium Kanter's past name, and Kanter volition beryllium his mediate name. Kanter told CNN his caller past sanction comes from what his teammates person been calling him.

    Earlier this week, Kanter, who was raised successful Turkey, told Fox News helium passed his citizenship trial and would beryllium sworn successful arsenic an American national astatine the extremity of the month.

      In caller months, the 11-year NBA seasoned has utilized societal media and specially designed covering during NBA games to bring consciousness to and criticize China's attraction of the Uyghur community. The US State Department estimates arsenic galore arsenic 2 cardinal Uyghurs and different taste minorities person been detained successful internment camps successful China's Xinjiang state since 2017. China has repeatedly denied accusations of quality rights abuses successful the country.

          Kanter has besides sought to bring consciousness to China's attraction of Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has much precocious called for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games successful protest.

          Kanter's comments person prompted backlash successful China, with Celtics games being pulled by Chinese video streaming tract Tencent and the authorities criticizing Kanter's comments.

            CNN's Dakin Andone, Ben Church, Alicia Lloyd and Emmet Lyons contributed to this report.

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