Muhammad Ali's Son Was Detained For Two Hours At An Airport
UPDATE: Muhammad Ali Jr., has since spoken out on his detainment with the Associated Press. “I was just appalled,” Ali Jr. said. “I’m a U.S. citizen and they’re asking me, what is my religion?”
“It’s like history is repeating itself,” Ali Jr. added. “We’re having to fight for our humanity all over again. And now they’re sticking the religion on it. I felt violated.”
The son of Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jr., was profiled by TSA at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and detained for two hours.
Ali Jr.’s spokesman, Chris Mancini, told TMZ that his client was returning from Jamaica with his mother, Khalilah Ali, who was Ali’s first wife, when immigration officers stopped them. While his mother got through, Ali Jr. was taken to a small room for two hours and questioned.
The 44-year-old was asked twice if he was a practicing Muslim, also where he got his name from. Let’s keep in mind that Muhammad Ali Jr. was traveling on a United States serviced passport.
Ali Jr. is now looking into suing the U.S. Treasury and Homeland Security over the fracas. His spokesman believes that the actions taken by the airport to profile and inquisition Muhammad Ali Jr. hints at a larger issue of discrimination bubbling within the United States. They are also considering filing the lawsuit as a class action suit. For those not keeping score, Trump’s travel + immigration ban was ruled unconstitutional by federal judges, so we’ll be keeping an eye out on this as it develops.