Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has walked back some recent comments about LeBron James.
The legendary NBA player sent shockwaves through the basketball world when he claimed LeBron should be “embarrassed” about “some of the things he’s done” while not really giving any concrete examples. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Abdul-Jabbar said the following in part prior to the Lakers game this past Sunday when talking about his view of the four-time NBA champion and if he’s meet with him, according to ESPN:
If he would take the time, I definitely got the time. I admire the things that he’s done that have gotten all our attention. Sending a whole school to college? Wow. That’s amazing. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet, you got to give him credit for that. So I’m not throwing stones. I just wish he wouldn’t — you know, some of the things he’s done, he should be embarrassed about. That’s just where I’m coming from…Just — with the issues I was talking about, things that really affect the Black community, he should be careful. That’s all I’m asking.
While it’s not even really clear what the legendary Lakers player has a problem with, he did attempt to clarify his comments.
“Today a reporter asked me a question about Lebron James and I regret my off-handed response which has been blown out of proportion. For years I’ve expressed my deep admiration and respect for LeBron as a community leader and athlete. That hasn’t changed and never will,” Abdul-Jabbar tweeted late Sunday night.
Today a reporter asked me a question about Lebron James and I regret my off-handed response which has been blown out of proportion. For years I’ve expressed my deep admiration and respect for LeBron as a community leader and athlete. That hasn’t changed and never will. –@kaj33 https://t.co/QEWed5YovX
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) April 4, 2022
Honestly, my only issue with what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did in this situation is that he appeared to take shots without really giving any examples of what LeBron should be “embarrassed” about.
LeBron James Hits A New Low In Embarrassing Video https://t.co/PknUop1AwK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 3, 2022
I’m certainly not a fan of LeBron James, and I’ve criticized him more times than I can count. However, if you’re going to claim he should be “embarrassed,” you should clearly lay out the issues, and the legendary NBA star simply didn’t do it.
The fascinating thing is that there’s so much material to choose from when it comes to LeBron James. He’s done countless foolish things, including doxxing a police officer who shot a girl attempting to stab someone.
LeBron James has now deleted the tweet calling for the cop to be arrested for shooting the woman armed with a knife, but don’t worry. The internet is forever.
I blurred out the officer’s face on purpose. pic.twitter.com/dbv5dPrZ87
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) April 21, 2021
I’m all for criticizing the Lakers star, but let’s at least make sure it’s backed up with some basic facts and examples.