Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a Muslim, had to turn away from reporters last night when discussing President Trump’s Muslim ban which led to demonstrations across the country Saturday night as the Nets were playing the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
“This is kind of hard. My bad. This is kind of touching … just being a part of that community and a part of that family,’’ Hollis-Jefferson said. “I feel like this should definitely be handled differently, and I feel like more people should definitely speak up and act on it just because it’s BS at the end of the day.”
Hollis-Jefferson was not alone on the Nets. Jeremy Lin, a devout Christian, tweeted out his feelings as well after the game.
RHJ said the ban was not political to him, but personal, that he knows many Muslim families from his time at Arizona.
“A lot of my college friends are Muslims, and their families are in some of those countries. Just seeing that, my heart goes out to them, how they feel about it and everything. It’s definitely a tough situation to put people in.”
He added that the situation could have been handled differently and that it doesn’t just affect the country’s Muslim population.
“Him making that decision, it’s just like a big step, you know?” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Super big. And it definitely affects millions of people, definitely, even ones that aren’t Muslim. People have a heart, people care. It’s just sad to see.”
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