Enes Kanter Went On National TV To Blast LeBron James Over ‘Ridiculous’ Vaccination Stance

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  • Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter appeared on CNN to address LeBron James’ “ridiculous” reluctance to use his influence to push vaccinations among players.
  • LeBron told reporters he was initially skeptical about the vaccine, adding everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family .
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Enes Kanter v. LeBron James petty wars date back to 2017 when Kanter, then a Knick, publicly blasted LeBron for wearing shoes that read “I’m King” during a game at Madison Square Garden.

There was also this in-game brouhaha in November of that same year.

“I don’t care who you are, what you call yourself—king, queen, princess—we’re going to fight,” Kanter told reporters after the game.

Flash forward four years and it appears Kanter is still not afraid to publicly lambaste the face of the league.

During a recent appearance on CNN, Kanter was asked about LeBron’s decision to not urge other NBA players to get vaccinated. James told the media he was initially skeptical about the vaccine, adding: “I think everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family.”

“When I heard it, I was very disappointed, and it’s ridiculous,” Kanter said. “Obviously, LeBron James, he’s one of the faces of the league, and he should be the first one to go out there and say, ‘Listen, everyone. I got the vaccine, and I’m encouraging everyone, my community, everyone, basketball fans, non-basketball fans and sports fans are just going out there and get this vaccine, so we can save other lives.’”

“When I heard that, I just couldn’t believe it. But I hope he can educate himself about this vaccination and inspire and encourage other people around him.”

After the clip went viral, there were two emerging schools of thought.

School 1:

School 2:

At the time of this writing, the United States is the 36th most vaccinated country in the world. 36.