No other NBA individual recognizes the importance of speaking up better than Kareem. Unlike some of his peers, the Hall of Famer has accepted the responsibility of having a platform to influence and reach different millions of fans around the world. Despite being away from the game for a long time now, he still uses that platform to stand up for what he believes in. A global pandemic is no different.
Ever since the start of the pandemic, Kareem has been an outspoken vaccine proponent. That’s why he’s having problems with NBA players who refuse to get the vaccine or show hesitancy in the process, such as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
LeBron revealed he has already been vaccinated, as reported by Basketball News, but believes everyone should be respected for what they want to do with their bodies. The Lakers superstar doubled down on that after Draymond Green’s comments on Andrew Wiggin’s vaccination status. Here’s what Kareem thinks about that:
After Golden State Warrior Andrew Wiggins received criticism for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine for personal reasons, his teammate Draymond Green said the public needs to “honor” that decision: “There is something to be said for people’s concerns about something that’s being pressed so hard,” he stated. “Why are you pressing this so hard? You have to honor people’s feelings and their own personal beliefs.” To which LeBron responded that he “couldn’t have said it better myself.” Actually, it couldn’t have been said worse.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem Substack
The Lakers legend criticized both Draymond and LeBron, saying they are defending the individual freedom of choice at the expense of public safety. The only support Kareem found for Draymond’s statement is his belief that when people “press hard,” there’s something inherently wrong with their opinion. He then proceeded to explain why there is no logic to it.
If I press hard against institutional racism, if I press hard against police brutality, if I press hard against recent laws making it harder for minorities to vote, if I press hard against child porn, if I press hard in support of MeToo am I automatically wrong? On the contrary, the passion of those urging vaccines might suggest there’s some urgency to their opinion. That the situation is serious and we need to take immediate action to protect peopleKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem Substack
According to Kareem, the urgency of the matter is no longer a discussion of moral and ethical issues. It is a global problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, and the best way to do it is by persuading people into taking vaccines.
That’s why his message to LeBron is clear: if he still wants to be seen as an NBA player who is trying to make a difference in his community, he should start telling people to get vaccinated. Anything else, according to Kareem at least, is wrong.
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