Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri, a practicing Muslim, says that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “delusional” regarding his controversial position to ban Muslims from entering the United States, according the Toronto Star's Sean Fitz-Gerald.
“I think he’s hurting his own campaign, to be honest,” Kadri said. “I mean, I think he’s pretty delusional. But his opinion’s his opinion.”
The 25-year-old Kadri, born in Canada to Lebanese parents, cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election but said he has kept short tabs on American politics.
“It’s unfortunate that this is what it’s come to,” Kadri said. “But I mean, that being said, I’m lucky to live in a country like Canada, where people of political stature don’t say those kinds of things to make people feel out of place.”
On Monday, Trump said that he would call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on" after recent Paris terrorist attacks.
On Twitter, Trump appeared to snub Ali and other Muslim athletes, tweeting that he could not remember any great Muslim sports heroes.
The Maple Leafs will play the Tampa Bay Lighting on Dec. 15.
- Christopher Chavez