Klay Thompson: Donald Trump's Comments About Bahamians 'Hurt My Heart'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2019

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) against the Denver Nuggets during an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson took exception to comments President Donald Trump made about citizens of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.  

Thompson explained to USA Today's Mark Medina how Trump's words about his father's home country "hurt his heart" after a large portion of the country was left homeless due to the hurricane:

“I didn’t appreciate the language he used with Bahamians. They’re gang members and criminals? I’ve known Bahamians my whole life. Yes, there are criminals in Nassau. But there are criminals worldwide. When you lose everything, your home, your loved ones and thousands are dead, and then you generalize a whole population, I thought it was very very ill advised and bad timing. That language really (ticked) me off.”

Trump told reporters earlier this month he would be hesitant to allow Bahamaians seeking refuge into the United States:

"We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation because the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren't supposed to be there. I don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers."

On Sept. 14, Klay announced on Instagram the Thompson Family Foundation would donate all of the proceeds from its celebrity golf tournament to help with relief efforts in the Bahamas. 

Per CNN's Holly Yan, Christina Maxouris and Nicole Chavez, approximately 17 percent of Bahamians (70,000 people) lost their homes and at least 50 people were killed as a result of Hurricane Dorian. 

Thompson's father, Mychal, was born in Nassau before moving to the U.S. from the Bahamas capital. He played 13 seasons in the NBA from 1978-91 and won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1986-87 and 1987-88. 

 

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