The heated discussion on social media between former NBA center Enes Kanter Freedom and WNBA guard Natasha Cloud continued Thursday with another rebuttal from Kanter Freedom on Twitter.
Cloud, who plays for the Washington Mystics, called America «garbage» following the Supreme Court rulings last week.
Kanter Freedom took to social media and «Fox & Friends» Wednesday morning to respond to Cloud’s comments, saying people «still can’t understand how lucky and blessed they are to be in a country where you can say what whatever you want to say and you» are not going to jail
Cloud responded to Kanter Freedom.
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«I have respect for the experience lived by @EnesFreedom in his country,» he wrote on Twitter. «I would expect you to have the same respect for MY lived experience as a black gay woman in my country. You have no idea what it means to walk my journey or anyone else’s.»
Kanter Freedom responded Wednesday night.
«I mean no disrespect,» Kanter Freedom began. «@T_Cloud4 I respect all activists who use their platform to make a change. That’s the beauty of free speech and protest. Calling America ‘trash’ is harsh though. You can say America isn’t perfect, and we have a lot of work to do. I know the alternative. People are hanged, raped and tortured to death in the Middle East just for asking for their basic freedom.
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«I also know the struggles the black community goes through. I’ve had plenty of teammates who raised me well enough and I sympathize with that. Again, I’m not saying America is perfect, but it’s far from trash. Al less so we are.» not Iran, China, Russia or Türkiye.»
Cloud posted the initial tweet that sparked the debate on Friday.
«Our country is trash in so many ways and instead of using our resources to make it better, we continue to oppress the marginalized groups we’ve targeted since the beginning of time» and that «black/brown communities and LGBTQ+ men are too powerful enough to continue attacking the problems separately».
Kanter Freedom’s first response was to provide examples of how it might be worse to live in a different country.
«I’m offering her or anyone, when her season is over, I’ll buy her a first-class ticket,» he said. “I would like to take you to…some of those regimes, like I said, again, China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and others, and forget about calling them garbage. These regimes, you know, you criticize them. You and your family members will be in jail and will be tortured to death.»
Kanter Freedom then brought up Brittney Griner and how being imprisoned in Russia changed her thoughts about living in the United States.
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He wants Cloud to have a talk with Griner.
«If you think America is so bad, so trashy and so terrible, then walk away. But before you go, please have a phone conversation with your colleague, Brittney Griner,» he said. «You know, she knows better. She’s the one who said, ‘Oh yeah, this country, we’ve got so many problems, we shouldn’t sing the national anthem anymore and stuff.'» But she then realizes the other side of what could happen.
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«That’s why I tell everyone. Just have a conversation with people, experience what these regimes can do.»