Muhammad Ali's son detained, quizzed about being a Muslim at U.S. airport

After he said that he, like his father, was a Muslim, the agents asked further probing questions.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Junior, son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was detained at a Florida airport because of his Arabic-sounding name, U.S. media reported on Friday.

According to media reports, Ali Junior, 44, was held for questioning for 2 hours upon returning from Jamaica with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The son of the boxing legend was born in Philadelphia and has a U.S. passport. The lawyer told the newspaper that both were held for questioning on the Fort Lauderdale International Airport on February 7 because of their Arabic-sounding names.


The report added that Camacho-Ali, however, was released after she showed US Customs agents a photo of herself with her ex-husband.

Ali Jr., however, had no such photo and, according to the lawyer, he was held for nearly two hours and repeatedly asked, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"

After he said that he, like his father, was a Muslim, the agents asked further probing questions.

"To the Ali family, it's crystal clear that this is directly linked to U.S. President Trump's efforts to ban Muslims from the US," Mr Mancini told the Courier-Journal.

The lawyer Mancini said he and the Ali family were trying to find out how many other people were stopped for similar questioning, and are considering a federal lawsuit.

Muhammad Ali, one of the iconic 20th-century sports heroes, died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease on June 3. He was 74.