Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics to change his last name to 'Freedom'

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter will change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

The decision comes after Turkey-born Kanter became a US citizen on Monday. His agent told The Associated Press that Kanter will make his name change official after completing the citizenship process.

Kanter has a long history of social activism. He has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and was indicted in his home country in 2018 on charges of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies. Turkey, which revoked his passport, is requesting his extradition.

This season, Kanter has voiced his support for Tibet, a stance that has led to the Celtics’ games being pulled from the Chinese media.

Selected by Utah with the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Kanter is in his second season with the Celtics after previous stops with the Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

In 11 seasons, Kanter is averaging 11.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Information from Reuters was included in this note.