NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom, 29, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

A Norwegian member of parliament nominated Freedom due to his humanitarian work, and tough criticism of China, Turkey and the NBA. About 30 Nobel laureates have addressed his former team, the Boston Celtics, to support him and stand with him “on the right side of history.”

“I’m honored and humbled to receive the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize,” the NBA player wrote in a tweet. “Sometimes taking a stand is more important than your next paycheck.

Freedom, a Turkish-born American, has played 11 seasons in the NBA, and been part of the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics. He has career averages of 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds over 748 regular-season games.


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