Typically, sports and politics don’t mix. We’ve often seen players do what they can to separate their political stances from their game. But when asked about pretty important matters, some players don’t bother censoring themselves… literally. Such as Kyle Lowry, who was recently asked about his thoughts on Donald Trump’s travel ban.
“I think it’s (expletive),” he said. “I think it’s absolute (expletive). Our country is the home of the free, and for that to happen, I think it’s (expletive). I’m not going to get into it too deep, but personally I think it’s (expletive).”
After a brief pause, the reporter asked Kyle Lowry if he wanted to repeat the comment, minus all the ‘cow manure’ swearing. But Lowry said they ought keep to his comments as is, and just bleep the cursing out. “That’s how I feel about it,” he insisted.
Warning: The clip below contains profanity.
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Last Friday, Donald Trump, ordered an international travel ban targeting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The newly sworn-in President of the USA named Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen as countries from which radical Islamic terrorists might come. Passport holders from those countries are looking at 3 months of no-entry into the US, while refugees are looking at 4. Syrian refugees are also facing an indefinite ban.
Though the move was poised as one to protect the US, it has faced harsh backlash from both the US and international community. Kyle Lowry isn’t the only NBA figure commented on the matter; his Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey made a remark on it as well.
“When you exclude one group of people, I think you have the propensity to exclude a lot of people,” he said, according to The Athletic.
Raptors President Masai Ujiri commented likewise: “Being somebody that travels around the world, you meet a lot of people, especially youth that I deal with, and work with around the world. I think it’s just ridiculous, what’s going on there.”
Given that the NBA is a global league, the association is now seeking clarification with the State Department on how the ban affects its players. NBA Spokesperson Mike Bass has confirmed that information is being gathered to clear up complications for its players, especially those who hail from the banned countries. The Lakers’ Luol Deng and Bucks’ Thon Maker have South Sudanese origins and may be affected.
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