Anthony Edwards recently took a jab at the goodwill he's built for himself in the NBA by openly making homophobic comments via his social media. His post's backlash made him instantly regret his actions, which he highlighted in his public apology. However, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Edwards out, asking him to apologize with actions instead of words.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sheds light on the sensitivity of the situation
With the advent of social media, NBA players have a reach far more superior than legends like Abdul-Jabbar had back in the day. The Lakers legend is aware of the changing times and has made a difference by using his reach positively.
Although Edwards quickly took down his post, Kareem used the incident as a reminder.
"This damages sports in general and their teams specifically, and revives the old stereotype of the dumb, bullying jock," Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his Substack. "But more important, it perpetuates prejudice against a group and that prejudice often leads to restricting rights and to violence."
Kareem's suggested course of action
Anthony Edwards' comments have painted him in a light different from what fans are used to seeing him from last season. He's shown promise on the court, making himself a threat to opponents within two years in the league. However, his image off the court needs some damage control.
"Edwards needs to repair the damage with some voluntary community service with LGBTQ+ organizations, particularly youth groups, to show his support. If he can't do that much to undo the harm he's caused, then his apology is meaningless." Abdul-Jabbar wrote.
It will be interesting to see if Anthony Edwards will heed the advice of the Lakers legend, an established social activist. If Edwards is serious about it, Abdul-Jabbar will surely be a source of guidance.