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It has been complete chaos at airports all around the country after President Donald Trump implemented an immigration ban. For the sports world, the NBA reportedly reached out to the U.S. State Department to determine the implications of that ban and what effects it will have on their league.
“The National Basketball Association has contacted the State Department to understand how President Donald Trump’s executive order to suspend immigration from seven countries could impact the league’s players.
The NBA has two active players, including Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker and Los Angeles Lakers veteran Luol Deng, who have Sudanese roots.
Before a federal court in New York issued a ruling to suspend Trump’s order to ban, NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued a statement saying: “We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries.
“The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.”
Sudan is one of the seven countries on Trump’s list of banished nations. However, the NBA’s initiative program, called “Basketball without Borders,” recruits, develops, and invest in Sudanese players.