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Sikh man claims religious discrimination after denied entry to NBA game

A Sikh man claimed he was allegedly denied entry to a basketball game because he was carrying a “kirpan,” a small dagger that practicing Sikhs wear as an article of faith. 

Mandeep Singh attempted to watch the March 13 basketball match involving the NBA team Sacramento Kings in California, The Indian Express reported. 

However, security had allegedly denied him entry after Singh had spoke with multiple people regarding the issue, Singh said in a tweet. Singh also alleged he experienced religious discrimination.  

Singh works as a community organizer with the Jakara Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Punjabi Sikhs. He stated how last week, the Sacramento Kings had invited the nonprofit to come to a March 9 game to be community ambassadors at a Holi-themed night.

Twitter users have responded to the post with mixed reactions. 

Vivek Rinadive’, an Indian American, owns the Sacramento Kings.

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