A number of US athletes have criticised new President Donald Trump and his travel ban on Muslim nationals. This ban enforced by Trump has stopped the movement of Muslims from seven different countries: this new order has resulted in an array of protests both in America and across the globe. One of these sportsters includes British NBA player Luol Deng who plays for the Lakers. His history reflects on this matter because as a child, he fled to the Britain from South Sudan. Deng said “Refugees are productive members of society. It’s important we humanise the experience of others.” This comes after Trump banned entry into the United States to full and dual citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen; all in addition to the temporary suspended refugee resettlement. The US Olympic Committee said that this ban should not restrict athletes travelling to the country for international duty.
The President signed this new order on Friday and then he tweeted, stating that the US needed “extreme vetting, NOW”. Yet, his tone quickly changed with another statement trying to offer a lighter feel, saying “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe” which, regardless what anyone says is simply discrimination: there’s no other view than that. Trump has since tried to ease the situation saying “We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days,” but it hasn’t deemed well for most of the inhabitants in the world as protests have been flooding the media in recent days.
Another NBA figure, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, expressed his views with the Detroit news arguing that “Now we’re judging people by their religion – trying to keep Muslims out. We’re getting back to the days of putting the Japanese in relocation camps, of Hitler registering the Jews. That’s where we’re heading.” And he has a point. Nigerian Native Masai Ujiri who is the Toronto Raptors president expressed to reporters that “I think it’s just ridiculous. I just don’t get it. This is mind-boggling. I’m a prime example of what opportunity is in this world.” Joining him Steve Kerr and Popovich have also spoke out against Trump’s order.
Meanwhile, in the NFL
However, over to the NFL and Muslim Super Bowl player Mohamed Sanu who plays for Atlanta Falcons said he wanted his mind focused on the fame for Sunday’s match against the New England Patriots rather than talking about the newly placed ban, he words reprised words from a true athlete “My name’s Mohamed, a lot of people know I’m Muslim, but I’m here because of my football talents, not because I’m Muslim, I’m here to talk about football so if you guys are going to continue to ask me about my religious beliefs then I’m going to continue to tell you the same thing.”
On the other hand, his opposition Tom Brady – who plays for the Patriots and was considered a supporter by Trump himself during the election campaign – was also asked about the issues on a radio appearance. He responded “I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do.”
Everything seems a bit frantic at the moment; across the entire world there are protests galore and to further increase problems, there is now a petition calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK which has managed to receive more than 1.5 million signatures.