Enes Kanter Freedom: Celtics player changes name to celebrate US citizenship

BOSTON — Boston Celtics center, Enes Kanter was sworn in as a US citizen Monday afternoon, deciding to change his legal name to “Enes Kanter Freedom” to celebrate his official US citizenship.

The 29-year-old NBA star is originally from Turkey before he moved to the US in 2009.

Kanter-Freedom has been an outspoken critic of the Turkish Government. He said his passport was taken away by his homeland in 2017.

Kanter-Freedom told Boston 25 News how free he feels here compared to what he experienced in Turkey.

“America taught me so much, here people should be blessed. You have freedom of speech, freedom of the press and I want to carry that word with me everywhere I go,” said Kanter-Freedom.

He plans to wear his new jersey at the next game.