Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rips Kyrie Irving like a bad role model
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar castigated Nets star Kyrie Irving Sunday, calling the Brooklyn point guard a bad role model for young people after he posted a music video from 2002 of Infowars founder Alex Jones on Instagram last month.
Abdul-Jabbar, who has also criticized Irving for his stance against the vaccine mandate, wrote in a Substack article that Irving’s decision to circulate the infamous conspiracy theorist’s excerpt was “destructive, callous and all just stupid”. In the video, Jones suggests that world leaders have formed a “New World Order” that unleashes plagues to profit from the misfortune of others.
“Alex Jones is one of the most despicable human beings alive and associating with him means you share his stench,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.
“Kyrie Irving would be considered a comedic jester if it weren’t for his influence on young people who look up to athletes,” the Basketball Hall of Famer continued. “When I look at some of the athletes who have used their status to truly improve society – Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and more – it becomes clear how much Irving has tarnished the reputation of all athletes who strive to be seen as more than stupid sportsmen.
For much of the past year, Irving has faced criticism for his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine after refusing to comply with New York City’s vaccination mandate for private employers. The NBA adhered to the local government’s decision, which made the 30-year-old guard ineligible to play at the Nets’ arena in Brooklyn.
Although the tenure was changed, allowing Irving to play in the later stages of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Nets star called himself a “martyr” and a “provocateur” for his stance in a May interview. on ETC with Kevin Durant and Eddie Gonzalez.
Abdul-Jabbar expressed his displeasure with Irving’s stance on the vaccine last October, calling the Nets guard’s stance an “unwise choice.” Although he admits to understanding that Irving is seen as a role model by many young people, Abdul-Jabbar said he felt the need to push back against Irving’s “destructive behavior”.
“Irving doesn’t seem to have the ability to change, but we have the ability to continue to fight his destructive behavior,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “One way to do that, beyond shaking your head and nasty tweets, is to write to his sponsors and tell them to dump Irving, or you’ll dump them.”
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