Hakeem Olajuwon Comments on Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2016

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Donald Trump is in the middle of a 2016 presidential run, but former Houston Rockets superstar Hakeem Olajuwon is certainly not in his corner.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Hall of Famer spoke out against Trump’s stance on Muslims entering the United States.

Feigen noted Olajuwon is a “devout Muslim” and pointed out Trump “issued a written statement in the days following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in which he announced ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.’”

The presidential candidate “has since maintained that position in speeches and interviews.”

Olajuwon offered his analysis on Trump's stance, per Feigen:

First of all, it’s amazing to see how many people came out to disregard that kind of stand, even internationally. That kind of statement is not worthy of a president. I don’t think it was too wise a statement. It is a complex question. It is something so complex and that just gave it a generic answer to a complex question. ...

I do not believe that we have come this far that that kind of statement would come out when discussing that kind of issue today. I think we passed that a long time ago.

Olajuwon himself is a naturalized United States citizen who immigrated from Nigeria in 1980. He became a United States citizen in 1993 and went on to play for the U.S. men's Olympic team in 1996. Feigen said the big man splits time between London, where one of his daughters goes to school, and Houston, where he will work with Rockets bigs the rest of the season.

Olajuwon played 17 seasons for the Rockets after the team drafted him No. 1 overall in 1984 and was an integral part of the franchise’s back-to-back championship teams in 1993-94 and 1994-95.