Donald Trump Doesn't Know Any Muslim Sports Heroes, Let's Help Him Out
Apparently, Donald Trump doesn't know any famous athletes who are of the Islamic faith.
He implied this last night while commenting on President Barack Obama's address to the nation.
Far be it from me to use this forum to criticize Trump's politics, no matter how low that fruit hangs. I'll leave that to the experts around these parts.
But this comment? This one falls squarely in the sports arena, a place where you rarely get away with saying something so stupid without getting mocked for it.
And make no mistake, what Trump said was definitely stupid because the most accomplished Muslim athletes are not only people any self-professed sports fan would know of, but a few of them are also a part of basic American history.
But let's give Trump the benefit of the doubt and assume he really doesn't know any Muslim sports heroes. Instead of criticizing, let's help him out.
For your information, Donald, Muslim sports heroes include guys like:
Do you know this man. Yeah, you.
This man is a former heavyweight champion who is considered (practically by consensus) the greatest boxer of all time.
Speaking of basic American history, Ali was stripped of his title when he refused to be drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, not only because he opposed the war but also because of an allegiance his faith.
He famously said,
I Ain't Got No Quarrel With The VietCong... No VietCong Ever Called Me N*gger
That faith, of course, was Islam, the religion that prompted him to change his name from Cassius Clay.
He's the most famous example, but then there are others like...
Seen here giving what would make for a pretty good side-eye to Trump, Kareem is a six-time NBA Champion and six-time MVP award winner who owns the league record for most points scored in history.
He was also a pretty good player during his days at UCLA, where was known as Lew Alcindor, the three-time NCAA basketball champion and three-time national player of the year. Those collegiate exploits came before converting to Islam.
This is Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem is a two-time NBA champion who became the first foreign-born player to win league MVP award. You know, the American dream and all that.
Shaquille O'Neal, more commonly referred to a "Shaq," is a four-time NBA champion known for his imposing size, which helped him dominate the league during the Lakers famous "three-peat" between 2000-2002.
Shaq also became a widely known pop-cultural figure, which explains why he is pictured here at Justin Bieber's roast.
Shaq and the rest of the aforementioned names only add to the list of Muslim athletes who currently play in our country, predominantly in the NBA and NFL (Aqib Talib, Muhammad Wilkerson, Dion Waiters; the list goes on).
And, no matter how famous they are or are not, those athletes will inevitably be heroes and role models to some people, as they're constantly reminded any time they get into trouble off the field.
So, there. Maybe that's who Obama was talking about.