IRAN (WKRN) – Former Tennessee Volunteer J.P. Prince and a teammate are stranded Dubai after Iran’s decision to ban U.S. citizens. Prince has played basketball professionally in Iran since 2016.
The ban was in retaliation to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and citizens from seven countries, including Iran, from entering the U.S.
Prince and his teammate, Joseph Jones, play for Azad University Tehan in the Iran Super League. The two were in Dubai on on a team-funded break when President Trump signed the executive order.
Before the players could return, Iran issued its own travel ban, preventing the two players from returning to the country. The ban prevents U.S. citizens from entering the country.
Prince, a Memphis, Tenn. native, attended the University of Tennessee from 2007-2010.