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Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” obtained exclusive recordings of NBA officials that suggest the league was trying to tamp down on former Houston Rockets center Enes Kanter Freedom’s criticism of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, to stay in Beijing’s good graces.

Prominent China’s slave labor critic joined Tucker Carlson to react to the issue: “They are mad because finally, someone from the inside – I played 11 years in this league, I’ve finally exposed them, and I’m saying it again. Enough is enough.”

Enes Kanter Freedom – an outspoken human rights activist – was traded by the Boston Celtics to Houston Rockets at the trading deadline. The Rockets waived him on Feb. 14.

The free-agent NBA big man has played 11 seasons for 5 teams, including the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz. He has averaged 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in 748 regular-season games.