Finally, the day came when Deng's family was granted political asylum by the British government.
The NBA recruits players from Sudan with its Basketball Without Borders Program. To really see a light at the end of the tunnel and to go towards that light and then that light is turned off is very hard, not just individually, but for the family, ' said Lakers forward Luol Deng, who spoke on the temporary immigration ban after Tuesday's game against Denver.
Los Angeles Lakers forward, and South Sudan native, Luol Deng posted a statement on Twitter Monday condemning the recent immigration ban that was put in place by President Donald Trump. "We never really asked to leave [our] homeland".
"My name's Mohamed, a lot of people know I'm Muslim, but I'm here because of my football talents, not because I'm Muslim", the 27-year-old said at the Super Bowl opening night. His birthplace was in Sudan at the time of his birth but now lies in the country of South Sudan, thus legally binding his citizenship to South Sudan which is already an independent country and is not included among the list.
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"I'm not really caught up in politics", Deng clarified. That opportunity came five years later.
"I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we're trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it's the wrong way of going about it", Kerr told reporters Sunday.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker was also born in Wau, Sudan.
The Lakers' veteran said while he doesn't agree with the president's executive order, he understands how American citizens can support the immigration ban. But that doesn't make the issue any less personal for Deng. "From what I understand, I haven't seen a lot of refugees committing terrorist acts in this country I'm speaking about".
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"It's scary because it kind of reminds you about what happened back in the '60s when I was growing up", Casey said. "I'm sure the background check and everything was done".
Following the Lakers' win against the Denver Nuggets, Deng spoke to media for the first time since the executive order was signed.
Luckily, Deng whose family eventually settled in the United Kingdom after escaping Sudan as refugees, is from South Sudan.
The L.A. Lakers forward, who has also played for the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat since entering the National Basketball Association 2004, and lived in Britain during his formative years having fled the war-torn nation, said it was important that we humanised the bad experiences refugees go through to escape war.
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