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It’s hard to stick to sports when the outside world pokes sports in the ribs with a sharp stick.
At this writing, the future of President Donald Trump’s executive order that would temporarily halt entry to the United States by citizens from seven predominately Muslim nations is uncertain. A federal judge blocked the proposed ban Friday, issuing a temporary restraining order prohibiting the U.S. government from continuing the policy at airports around the country, after officials from Washington state and Minnesota had sought the injunction, claiming the order caused unreasonable harm to some of those state’s citizens and discriminated against Muslims.
A federal appeals court denied an appeal by the Department of Justice late Saturday night that would have restored the order. But the matter is almost certain to continuing winding through the federal courts system for several more weeks, if not months, as further appeals and counter-appeals are heard. It’s uncertain if U.S. Customs and Homeland Security officials on the front lines are aware of what they can and cannot do in the wake of the stay. Published reports Sunday indicated that at least some people from the affected nations were planning to fly to the U.S. and enter the country in the next day or two.
The original executive order signed by President Trump Jan. 27 would have temporarily halted the entire U.S. refugee admissions system for 120 days while the program was reviewed. It banned entry to the U.S. by people from seven predominately, though not exclusively, Muslim nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days, and would halt entry by Syrian refugees indefinitely. The administration said that the ban did not extend to people who lawfully hold green cards, and that religious minorities seeking refugee status from those countries would get preferential status.
World Peace was still known as Ron Artest on Nov. 19, 2004, when he jumped into the stands at The Palace, precipitating perhaps the ugliest melee in NBA history. Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was back in Auburn Hills for Wednesday night’s game against Detroit with cheap NBA jerseys. It was the final scheduled visit to the arena for the Lakers, since the Pistons are planning to move downtown next season.
“It’s different now. I always like to make some jokes, sometimes,” World Peace said. “I come to the building, I’ll just say like, `A lot of history here.”‘
A lot has happened since that night in 2004, when Artest was a member of the Indiana Pacers and his actions left his career at a crossroads. He was suspended for the rest of that season after the “Malice at the Palace” – but when he returned, he was able to continue what turned out to be a lengthy pro career.
Artest played a key role when the Lakers won the championship in 2010, and the following year, he even won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Artest was honored for his work in promoting mental health awareness.
He changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011.
Now 37, World Peace has played in only 18 games this season. He was inactive Wednesday.
The International Football Association Board, soccer’s governing body, in 2012 approved headscarves for female Muslim players, reversing a ban that had been enforced since 2007. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, said the following year that men could wear head covers during matches, provided they were the same color as the jersey, had a “professional appearance” and did not “pose any danger.”
“I am against discrimination in all forms and the headgear ban serves to discriminate based on religion and unfairly impacts the participation of women and girls,” Stewart said. “There is no legitimate safety concern, so why have it? Sports should be accessible to everyone and we have the opportunity and NBA jerseys as a basketball community to lead the way in that effort so we should.”
Athlete Ally – an organization dedicated to end homophobia and transphobia in sports and educate athletic communities to stand up against anti-LGBT discrimination – joined with Shirzanan, a media and advocacy organization for Muslim female athletes, to send the letter to FIBA on Jan. 25, urging leaders to “immediately lift the ban on religious headgear.”
“There’s a growing need of intersectional membership,” Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor said. “If there are any groups of people isolated and excluded in sports or otherwise in the sports community, we feel we should support them about China NBA jerseys.”
The committee that will figure out how to change the rule includes U.S. women’s coach Geno Auriemma and NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe. Auriemma was in favor of change.
“I know that sports is the one great place where race, religion and ethnicity and politics shouldn’t enter into it, but unfortunately it always does encroach upon it,” Auriemma told The Associated Press. “Anything that encourages participation. Let’s get as many people playing as possible. Make the game as inclusive as possible within reason. You don’t want to put people in a position on the floor where it could cause a problem for the player or the opponent. I’m sure if enough intelligent people get together, they can come up with an intelligent solution to this.”