Sports Figures Speak Out Against Trump Muslin Ban (Tweets)
On Friday afternoon President Trump signed an executive order that bans the admission of refugees to the United States for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and bans the admission of travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries—Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—for a period of 90 days.
A lot of people have expressed criticism of the so-called Trump Muslim ban. And I’m not just talking about the leftist hysterics comparing Trump to Hitler. Even conservative experts are saying this is a poorly implemented and unnecessarily broad policy.
Of course, as you would expect, a lot of sports figures have weighed in on the issue. And why not? Athletes have been particularly affected. The NBA has players from countries on Trump’s no-no list who might not be able to get back into the United States if they leave. Olympic running superstar Mo Farah lives with his wife and kids in Oregon, but so far has been prevented from returning to the United States. And a couple of former NCAA basketball players who now play in the Iranian Superleague are unsure when they’ll be able to come home.
Here’s what USMNT captain Michael Bradley had to say:
Former UFC champ Ronda Rousey:
The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” #resist
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New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara:
Former NBA MVP Steve Nash, who of course is Canadian:
Freedom and liberty packing up their things…
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 28, 2017
Professional wrestler Sami Zayn:
I can’t articulate how truly disgusted I am right now. #MuslimBan
— Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) January 28, 2017
United States Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first American woman to compete in a hijab:
Our diversity makes our country strong #NoBanNoWall
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) January 29, 2017
And San Antonio Spurs (and U.S. Men’s) coach Gregg Popovich had thoughts too, but of course he doesn’t tweet:
“As you already know, I have lots of thoughts about what we’ve done to ourselves as a country and what we’ve allowed to happen. But we’ll see where this goes. Obviously the roll-out today was Keystone Kops-like by any measure with objectivity. Whether you want to say it’s good or bad is irrelevant. But it was Keystone Kops, and that’s scary.”
It’s a bizarre world we’re living in, folks.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]