Ujiri hits back at Trump

Sport360 - - Nfl Playoffs Nba - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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