Lakers’ Luol Deng posts letter: “I am a proud refugee”


Luol Deng was born in Wow, a city in what is now South Sudan. It was then, as it is now, a war-ravaged nation with a majority Muslim population. Deng left there at the age of five and now has dual citizenship with England and the Sudan, plus he has lived and worked in the United States for many years.

Sudan is one of the countries listed in Donald Trump’s executive order that suspended entry to the United States for 90 days for people from certain nations with mostly Muslim populations. The NBA had concerns and reached out to the State Department about what might happen to him or the Bucks Thon Maker (also of the Sudan) should they leave the country then try to re-enter.

Monday, Deng posted this letter on Twitter.

Deng has support, the NBA family — a global family — has universally condemned Trump’s travel ban: Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, Stan Van Gundy, Raptors president Masai Ujiri, Kyle Lowry, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, Enes Kanter, Kenneth Faried, Stanley Johnson, and former players such as Steve Nash have all come out against the ban.