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Who is Enes Kanter's girlfriend, Ariana Rockefeller?

Joshua Rogers November 30, 2021
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Who is Enes Kanter’s girlfriend, Ariana Rockefeller, after the Boston Celtics star recently changed his name to ‘Freedom’?

The Boston Celtics center recently made headlines after legally changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom to celebrate becoming a US citizen.

Kanter shared a video of his oath-taking ceremony on Monday, where he could be seen taking his oath and waving an American flag.

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Kanter changes his name to celebrate US citizenship

“I am proud to be an American. Greatest nation in the world. The Land of the free, and home of the brave,” the 29-year-old, who moved to the USA aged 17, wrote on Twitter.

Kanter said the name change will reflect his “fight” for freedom throughout his life.

The name ‘Freedom’ will be on his jersey the next time he plays for the Celtics, which is expected to be against the Philadelphia 76ers later this week.

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Who is Enes Kanter’s girlfriend?

Kanter has emerged as an outspoken human rights activist in recent years, and people understandably want to know more about his personal life.

Enes Kanter’s girlfriend is Ariana Rockefeller, according to TMZ Sports. Rockefeller is a fashion designer and equestrian who is the great-great-granddaughter of oil tycoon and industry magnate John D. Rockefeller.

The two reportedly met over social media and quickly bonded over animal rights advocacy. Kanter even recently made the switch to a vegan diet.

Arian’s aunt, Susan Rockefeller, posted the words, “Keep inspiring…plants and food as medicine’, under one of Kanter’s pro-vegan Instagram posts.

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The couple has kept their relationship relatively private, but have appeared on Instagram together.

They reportedly spent a lot of time together in New York last season, as well as Portland before that when Kanter was with the Trail Blazers.

Ariana Rockefeller attended Colombia University where she obtained her AB in Political Science. She became a fashion designer in 2011 and is found on Instagram @arianarockefeller.

The couple are not yet married, though, and Enes Kanter does not have a wife.

Kanter has been highly critical of LeBron James recently

Kanter was born in Zürich, Switzerland, however, his family is Turkish. He grew up in Turkey before moving to America.

In recent years, though, Kanter has spoken out about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has also been vocal in supporting Tibetan independence and criticising Chinese treatment of the Uyghur community.

Kanter has worn several custom pairs of sneakers to advocate for human rights issues in China, including ones that read, “Free China,” “Free Hong Kong,” “No Beijing 2022,” “Hypocrite Nike,” and “Made with slave labor.”

He has also taken a swipe at LeBron James for his comments in 2019 regarding Daryl Morey’s support of protests in Hong Kong. He criticised LeBron for not standing up against Nike, saying it’s ‘Money over Morals for the ‘King’.

Kanter also wore a pair of shoes recently that pictured James being crowned by Chinese president Xi Jinping.

LeBron responded by saying: “He’s trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself…As a man, if you’ve got an issue with somebody, you come up to him. He had his opportunity tonight. I seen him in the hallway & he walked right by me.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.