The president of the Toronto Raptors NBA team lashed out at President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE over his comments that immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations came from “shithole countries.”
Masai Ujiri, who was born in Nigeria, told the Toronto Star that he is proud of where he came from and that “there are no shitholes anywhere.”
“We’re proud,” Ujiri said. “Everybody’s put in different situations, but we’re proud of where we came from. My wife is from Guinea and Sierra Leone; she just came back from Sierra Leone. My dad is from Nigeria. My mom is from Kenya."
"I consider myself to be a son of Africa and a person of the world, and I want to raise my kids [to know] that there are no shitholes anywhere. There’s no shitholes anywhere in this world because we were born in different places for a reason," he said.
According to the Star, Ujiri has quietly fumed over Trump’s comments in the past about immigrants, like when he reportedly said that Haitians who came the U.S. “all had AIDS,” and that Nigerians would never “go back to their huts” if granted entry to the U.S.
Ujiri said the “shithole” comment finally prompted him to speak out, according to the Star.
The White House had denied the past reported remarks attributed to Trump, though it did not deny the president's comment about "shithole countries" this week, which was reported by The Washington Post and multiple other outlets.
Trump has faced bipartisan backlash for the comments, which were reportedly made in a private meeting with lawmakers on Thursday.
Multiple people present have confirmed the reports, though Trump insisted on Twitter on Friday that he merely used "tough" language in the meeting.