Muhammad Ali has reminded Donald Trump that he is Muslim. The comment comes days after Trump made the ridiculous assessment that that aren’t any Muslim sporting heroes in America.
It all began when Trump tweeted the following: “Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?”
After Deadspin put together a list of American sporting icons, that includes Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Buzzfeed dug up a 1999 interview with Trump from Advocate magazine. In this controversial interview, Trump claims that “being friends with Muhammad Ali has given him an appreciation for other cultures.”
Just think about this, folks. Trump actually said he “appreciates other cultures.” That’s right. The proof’s at the bottom part of this article.
Muhammad Ali Fires Back
On Wednesday, Ali fired back at his “old friend” Trump for his bigotry. Ali said that Trump was using hate speeches against Islam to advance his personal agenda. “I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion,” Ali said via a statement.
Ali, who converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay during the peak of his career, has been voted by several media outlets as greatest sportsperson of the 20th century.
“We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody,” he continued.
Ali said that terrorism has “perverted people’s views on what Islam really is”.
Abdul-Jabbar reminded Trump that Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Tyson were Muslim, too, via his column on TIME Magazine: “What makes his (Trump’s) statement even more insidious is the suggestion that, even if there were no Muslim sports heroes, Muslims would somehow be lesser people, less worthy. This cruel and dim-witted thinking is not the stuff presidents are made of.”
Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Old Trump magazine interview I'm reading is pretty amazing: pic.twitter.com/M787egRisX
— andrew kaczynski 🤔 (@KFILE) December 10, 2015