Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was incensed after Kyrie Irving’s deliberate attempt to sow misinformation and spread conspiracy theories among those who look up to him.
“Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar maintains a website where he shares his thoughts and opinions on things that matter to him personally. Whether a social issue or political concern, count on Kareem to publish straight to the point analysis. This time, Kyrie Irving drew his wrath after the Nets star posted an Alex Jones video. The man in question poses a serious threat to the young generation because of his questionable character and penchant for sowing lies and advocating misinformation.
Irving posted a 2002 clip where the InfoWars founder claimed that a “New World Order” is taking place where global leaders are releasing plagues to profit from it.
The Lakers legend had seen and heard enough and released a scathing message to Kyrie Irving on his website.
“We might have just left him alone to stew in his own gelatinous ignorance. Rich and famous people get away with saying dumb things all the time because their money isolates them from consequences.
But now Irving is back and more destructive, insensitive, and just plain silly than before. He decided it would be a good idea to post a 2002 video clip from Infowars founder Alex Jones. The main gist of the clip is a warning about a cabal of international leaders that are secretly releasing plagues on the world from which they can profit. (Of course, we know who really profits from making this claim.)
Alex Jones is one of the most despicable human beings alive and to associate with him means you share his stench.”
The 6-time NBA champion added that the 30-year-old’s influence couldn’t be compared to those inspiring athletes who used their platform to inspire and improve society.
“Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people who look up to athletes. When I look at some of the athletes who have used their status to actually improve society—Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russel, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and more—it becomes clear how much Irving has tarnished the reputations of all athletes who strive to be seen as more than dumb jocks.”
Why Kyrie Irving’s views are problematic
Kyrie Irving has been tapped as an endorser of brands, including Nike and Pepsi. He needs to share the values of these brands and represent them to the best of his abilities. Sharing lies and wrong information is not helping him become a good role model. Ky has millions of followers on his social media pages, and the young ones who have yet reached a good judgment call could take everything their basketball idol has been sharing as the truth.
The Nets star isn’t a fan of Covid-19 vaccinations and was even willing to sit out games. But sharing a clip about how global leaders are using plagues to make a profit is way out of line, especially in the age where a simple online search could yield what right or wrong information is. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has already criticized Ky for refusing to get the COVID-19 jab and presenting himself as a “martyr.” People died and lost livelihood and loved ones; yet, an NBA superstar believes the pandemic is all but a lie.
Irving has the right to his own views, but since he is a public figure who earns millions of dollars and is considered a star on his team, he should be aware of the far-reaching consequences of airing his views on social media. He wants to be seen as authentic, as someone who isn’t a follower but a critical thinker, but this has got to stop before it could corrupt other young minds.