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January 30, 2017
MLS Players Union critical of Trump travel ban

The MLS Players Union backed up what U.S. international midfielder and captain Michael Bradley had to say about President Trump's travel ban.
The MLS Players Union backed up what U.S. international midfielder and captain Michael Bradley had to say about President Trump's travel ban.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

The Major League Soccer Players Union Monday said it was "extremely disappointed" by the travel ban ordered by President Trump in his Executive Order Friday.

On Friday, Trump signed an order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the United States.

That order has sparked protests around the country Saturday and Sunday.

Union executive director Bob Foose Monday afternoon released a statement regarding the situation.

"We are deeply concerned, both specifically for our players who may be impacted, and more broadly for all people who will suffer as a result of the travel ban implemented on Friday," Foose said. "Details on the practical impact of the ban are still emerging, and we are still sorting through the potential impact on our players and their families.

"We are extremely disappointed by the ban and feel strongly that it runs counter to the values of inclusiveness that define us as a nation. We are very proud of the constructive and measured manner in which Michael Bradley expressed his feelings on the ban. It is our deepest hope that this type of strong and steady leadership will help to guide us through these difficult times."

On Sunday, Bradley gave an interview to Sports Illustraded"s Grant Wahl about the ban.

He decided to elaborate on Instagram several hours later.

“A few hours ago ago I gave an interview to Grant Wahl,” Bradley wrote. “After 15 minutes of an interview that was centered around soccer and our national team, he asked me my thoughts on President Trump’s ban on Muslims ... I gave an answer where I tried to make it clear that while I understand the need for safety, the values and ideals of our country should never be sacrificed. I believe what I said, but it was too soft.

“The part I left out is how sad and embarrassed I am. When Trump was elected, I only hoped that ... President Trump would be different than the campaigner Trump. That the xenophobic, misogynistic and narcissistic rhetoric would be replaced with a more humble and measured approach to leading our country. I was wrong. And the Muslim ban is just the latest example of someone who couldn’t be more out of touch with our country and the right way to move forward.”
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