Muhammad Ali’s Son Was Detained In An Airport And Believes It Was Because He’s Muslim
Muhammad Ali’s son was detained at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport earlier this month and reportedly plans to sue because he believes he was taken in for questioning because he’s a Muslim.
Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Ali, were returning from Jamaica on February 7 when immigration officers stopped them. Khalilah was let through, but Ali Jr. was detained and questioned for two hours by immigration officials, according to TMZ.
Ali Jr. was carrying a United States passport but his spokesman, Chris Mancini, said Ali Jr. was asked if he was a Muslim twice and was also asked where he got his name.
Muhammad Ali was a champion in the boxing ring, but also fought for his beliefs as an activist often speaking out about political, racial and cultural issues.
The 44-year-old son of the boxing legend is reportedly planning to sue both the U.S. Treasury and Homeland Security over the airport incident. Mancini believes Ali Jr.’s incident warrants a class action lawsuit, citing both profiling and discrimination to TMZ.