Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped at Airport After Testifying

His lawyer believes he is being targeted
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2017 9:05 AM CST
Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped at Airport After Testifying
Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother attend a forum in Washington, Thursday, March 9, 2017.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Muhammad Ali's son was stopped at an airport again Friday—on his way home to Florida after telling lawmakers in DC about being detained at an airport last month. A lawyer for Muhammad Ali Jr. tells the New York Daily News that it is obvious he has "now been put on a different status" and is on a watchlist of some kind. The lawyer says Ali's state ID was rejected and he was questioned about where he was from for around 25 minutes until he produced an US passport. In DC, Ali told a Democratic forum critical of President Trump's immigration policies how he was held for more than 90 minutes and questioned about his religion after flying to back to the US from Jamaica in February, the AP reports.

The TSA says Ali was not detained on Friday, but they "sometimes need to verify the identity of passengers." "Upon arriving at the airline check-in counter, a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali's identity with TSA officials," the TSA said in a statement, adding that he was later patted down because his large jewellery set off a scanner, but was able to catch his flight. At the forum, Ali said he felt like his human rights had been violated in the February incident. "I believe they were religiously and racially profiling me," he said, per the Washington Post. Ali, speaking in support of recently introduced legislation to ban such profiling, said he realized later on that the detention was probably linked to Trump's immigration orders. (More Muhammad Ali stories.)

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