Ujiri hits back at Trump
Toronto Raptors Nigerian president Masai Ujiri was just one NBA figure with a strong response to US President Donald Trump’s reported denunciation of immigration from “s***hole countries.”
While Trump took to Twitter to deny using the term, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin insisted that the President had used such “vile, racist” language in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.
Ujiri, who emigrated from Nigeria to play college basketball and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2013, said that Trump’s reported comment was unfair.
“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. “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 s***holes, 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 s***hole?”
Golden State Warriors forward David West used Twitter to respond to Trump’s remarks.
“How they became ‘S*** Holes’” he said in a tweet that included an excerpt from Spanish historian Bartolome de las Casas’ “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies” – a 16th century account of the ravages of colonisation.
Proud immigrant: Masai Ujiri.