Masai Ujiri isn’t taking Donald Trump’s controversial comments lying down.
Chris Bengel – Jan 12, 5:35 PM
President Donald Trump may have another enemy after more controversial comments.
Earlier this week, Trump reportedly spoke about an immigration deal that could protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and multiple other countries. Trump asked “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” which raised a lot of eyebrows. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri fired back at Trump since he’s from Nigeria.
From ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
“This summer, I went to Kigali, and Nairobi and Lagos, and I went to Kampala and Abidjan and Dakar and Johannesburg and I saw great cities, and great people,” Ujiri told ESPN on Friday. “And I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab, and I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to as shitholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people.”
“I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live — and where they’re from — a shithole?”
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the United States and Canada and I am grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given by people, and the game of basketball, and the NBA. As leaders, I think we have to give people in many places a chance to have success, not continue to put those people down.”
Ujiri is the only non-American to win NBA Executive of the Year. The Nigerian-born president achieved the honor while with the Denver Nuggets. In May of 2013, he signed a five-year, $15 million contract with the Raptors.
In addition, Ujiri also serves as the director of Basketball Without Borders, which promotes the game in Africa and beyond. Ujiri received a contract extension to stay with the Raptors prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
LaVar Ball has already clashed with Trump, but that seems to have faded away. Ujiri is obviously proud of where he comes from and doesn’t appear willing to back down from one of the most powerful political figures on the planet.
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