Kyle Lowry, Others React to Trump’s Travel Ban
“I think it’s bulls**t,” said an absolutely livid Kyle Lowry during a team practice. “I think it’s absolute bulls**t. Our country is the home of the free. For (the ban) to happen, I think it’s bulls**t. I’m not getting into it too deeply, but personally I think it’s bulls**t.”
Kyle Lowry was not the only individual in the NBA family to show disgust in new President Donald Trump’s travel ban imposed on citizens of seven Muslim nations, including Sudan, the native country of NBA players Thon Maker and Luol Deng.
“I think it’s just ridiculous what’s going on out there. I just don’t get it. This is mind boggling” said Masai Ujiri. “I’m a prime example of what opportunity is. Canada gave me opportunity. America gave me opportunity. That’s what this world is about.”
Other Raptors including Head Coach Dwane Casey weighed in on the issue, joining a long list of NBA personalities to do the same.
The commonly outspoken head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Stan Van Gundy had his opinions and of course Gregg Popovich voiced his thoughts in yet another anti-Trump rant to the media.
As someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father,” said a disgruntled Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. “If we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country by really going against the principles that this country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror, so I’m completely against what’s happening. I think it’s shocking and a horrible idea and I really feel for all the people who are affected and the families that are being torn apart and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. He’s going about it completely the opposite – you want to solve terror, you want to solve crime, this is not the way to do it.”
The NBA has stated that they are already actively investigating the travel ban’s implications for foreign-born players. NBA rosters had 113-internationally-born players from 41-different countries as of October 2016. The league heavily recruits from Sudan through its Basketball Without Borders program.
People can say what they want, but being denied ACCESS to see your grandchild graduate or to go back to your country is inhumane. #MuslimBan
— R.HollisJefferson (@RondaeHJ24) January 29, 2017