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Ali Jr: Fights back against detention, says he felt violated

  • FILE - In this April 15, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this April 15, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2005, file photo, President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to boxer Muhammad Ali in the East Room of the White House. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2005, file photo, President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to boxer Muhammad Ali in the East Room of the White House. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

Muhammad Ali's son says he felt "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport.

The boxing great's namesake, Muhammad Ali Jr., says his detention shows some of his father's civil rights battles are still being fought.

Ali Jr. commented on the Feb. 7 incident on Monday. He said he was appalled that as a U.S. citizen he was asked about his religion.

Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, said they were pulled aside and separated at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as they returned from a trip to Jamaica.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Daniel Hetlage confirmed that Ali Jr. was held for questioning by customs officers, but said it wasn't because he's a Muslim or his Arabic-sounding name.