Bradley ‘em­bar­rassed’ by U.S. travel ban

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - SPORTS - NEIL DAVID­SON

TORONTO Toronto FC cap­tain Michael Bradley says he is “sad and em­bar­rassed” by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s travel ban.

Bradley, who is also the U.S. na­tional team’s skip­per, took to In­sta­gram to add to com­ments made ear­lier in an in­ter­view with Sports Il­lus­trated’s Grant Wahl.

“Af­ter 15 min­utes of an in­ter­view that was cen­tered around soc­cer and our na­tional team, he asked me about my thoughts on Pres­i­dent Trump’s ban of Mus­lims,” Bradley wrote in his ver­i­fied ac­count.

“A very fair ques­tion, but one that caught me to­tally off guard. … I gave an an­swer where I tried to make it clear that while I un­der­stand the need for safety, the val­ues and ideals of our coun­try should never be sac­ri­ficed.

“I be­lieve what I said, but it was too soft. The part I left out is how sad and em­bar­rassed I am.”

Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der sus­pended en­try of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syr­ian refugees in­def­i­nitely, and blocked en­try into the U.S. for 90 days for cit­i­zens of seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, So­ma­lia, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men.

“When Trump was elected, I only hoped that the Pres­i­dent Trump would be dif­fer­ent than the cam­paigner Trump,” Bradley wrote, “that the xeno­pho­bic, misog­y­nis­tic and nar­cis­sis­tic rhetoric would be re­placed with a more hum­ble and mea­sured ap­proach to lead­ing our coun­try.

“I was wrong. And the Mus­lim ban is just the lat­est ex­am­ple of some­one who couldn’t be more out of touch with our coun­try and the right way to move for­ward.”

Bradley is with the U.S. team, which was play­ing Ser­bia in a friendly in San Diego on Sun­day.

Toronto FC said that Steven Beitashour, an Amer­i­can-born full­back who plays in­ter­na­tion­ally for Iran, had no is­sues fly­ing to Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day for the MLS team’s train­ing camp.

Toronto pres­i­dent Bill Man­ning said Beitashour is a U.S. cit­i­zen and as such is not af­fected by the Trump ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

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