Multiple outlets have cited sources in reporting that Trump referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers this week. In a tweet on Friday morning, Trump denied using the specific term. Later in the day, Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, said the president used the word.
“This summer, I went to Kigali, and Nairobi and Lagos, and I went to Kampala and Abidjan and Dakar and Johannesburg and I saw great cities, and great people,” Ujiri told ESPN on Friday. “And I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab, and I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to as shitholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people. I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live — and where they’re from — a shithole?”
Masai Ujiri: “I don’t know that just because someone lives in a hut, that doesn’t mean that isn’t a good person, that that person can’t do better, that person isn’t capable of being great. And just because it’s a hut – whatever that means – doesn’t mean it’s not a home. God doesn’t put anyone someplace permanently. I am a living testimony to that. If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole.”
Journalists from Australia, France, Germany, Turkey and Africa all had the same question: when will the NBA bring regular-season games to their part of the world? We would love to do it,” was Silver’s universal answer — before outlining the scheduling difficulties that are currently hampering any such plans. The Celtics and 76ers, for instance, both had at least four days off before and after this game in order to cope with the travel.”
Lowry took 11 family members with him on the trip and, in between doing charity work, including building 10 homes for Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, found time to go on a safari. “I got a chance to really see lions, an elephant, giraffe, leopard, wild dogs, impala, all up close and personal,” Lowry said on an international NBA conference call.
Kyle Lowry: “Those are the type of things you don’t get to experience every day. Then you’ve got your kids and your family with you. Those things right there alone make you feel good about being able to do that and being fortunate enough to have your family and your kids and be able to see those type of things So it was pretty amazing.”