“Why does’t Congress look into this relationship and the possible exchange of funds? Is Omar now a hired hand of Erdogan set within our government. It’s all about the “ Benjamins ““
Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter had some harsh words for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after the congresswoman failed to support a bill that would place sanctions on Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria.
Kanter, who is Turkish, was angered because Omar was the only Democrat to vote against the bill aimed at punishing Turkey (15 Republicans also voted against the bill).
“What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is @IlhanMN who seems like [sic] on #DictatorErdogan’s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!” Kanter tweeted Tuesday night.
Kanter’s rebuke of Omar stands in stark contrast to some of his NBA colleagues, who have refused to speak up against the human rights abuses in China. The NBA as an organization has chosen to stand with China
’s money and condemn Houston Rockers general manager Daryl Morey, who voice support for protesters in Hong Kong who are fighting for their freedom. NBA superstar LeBron James, who has had no trouble voicing his political opinions in the past, has refused to condemn China’s human rights abuses as well.