Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslims entry to the United States from seven countries is a story far larger than the sports world, but the decision could directly impact players. Now they’re speaking up.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter was born in Switzerland to Turkish parents, and began his professional career abroad. The ban will not effect him directly, but he still took a stand.
Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first woman to compete for the USA wearing a hijab in Rio in 2016. Her story over the summer was one of acceptance, belonging, and chasing the American dream.
Our diversity makes our country strong #NoBanNoWall— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) January 29, 2017
Captain of the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Michael Bradley, initially gave a response in an interview — but quickly double backed to ensure he condemned the decision.
This, from 18-year NBA veteran Nazr Mohammed.
It's a tough day when u find out that so many ppl that u thought were fans or friends really hate u and everything u believe in.— Nazr Mohammed (@NazrMohammed) January 28, 2017
On Sunday morning, Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah told his story. He is a UK/ Somali citizen who has lived in the United States for six years. Now he feels like a stranger in his own home.
A lot remains up in the air. The NBA is unsure how the travel ban will affect its players and has asked the state department for advisement, while a New York Times report outlined how the ban could impact major wrestling events — ones where U.S. athletes are in close contact with wrestlers in Iran. In addition, the move could “complicate” hopes of the U.S. hosting the soccer World Cup in 2026.