‘He’s Got Issues’: Laila Ali Seems to Suggest There May Be More to Muhammad Ali Jr.’s Airport Detainment Story


Earlier we posted about Muhammad Ali Jr., son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who said on CBS This Morning he was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials for nearly two hours earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, and was asked twice to state his religion.

[The officer] said, “What religion are you?” And I said, “Muslim.” He said, “Come with me.” So he took me to another room.

It’s like he didn’t believe me, or whatever. But he asked me again, “What is your name? And what is your religion?” And again I answered.

In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, a spokesperson said the Ali family believes the incident is “directly linked” to President Donald Trump‘s proposed travel ban, which restricts travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

But on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Conversations With Maria Menounos, Ali Jr.’s estranged sister, Laila Ali, seemed to suggest there might be more to the story.

“He’s got issues,” Laila Ali said of Muhammad Ali Jr.

Laila Ali, a former champion boxer who is perhaps best known from her appearance on Dancing With The Stars and a recent stint on the Celebrity Apprentice said she hasn’t spoken with her brother “since I was little.” But she seemed to suggest the possibility that Muhammad Jr. is seeking publicity from the incident.

“Who knows how this is going to get blown out of proportion?” Laila Ali said. “Because some people like attention.”

Those statements aside, Laila Ali made it clear she’s “not saying that nothing bad happened” in the incident. And she voiced her opposition to anyone being detained at an airport on the basis of their religion.

“But regardless, if I talk to him or not, the thing is that it’s bad for that to happen to anyone. I wouldn’t just be like ‘Oh my God, it happened to my brother so now I care!’ I think that anyone that gets detained because of their religion or their name, it’s just not good.”

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