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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ‘unreservedly’ apologizes to LeBron James

Despite his apologies, Abdul-Jabbar has already dunked James. Last December, Abdul-Jabbar, who ranks No. 1 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list just ahead of James, twice criticized the star publicly.

That month, James shared a meme on Instagram that compared COVID-19 to colds and flu, writing, “Help me folks. Abdul-Jabbar, a coronavirus vaccine advocate, later wrote in a Substack essay that James’ message marked “a blow to his worthy legacy.”

Also in December, Abdul-Jabbar criticized James for performing a “big ball dance” after scoring against the Indiana Pacers. The NBA viewed the move as an obscene gesture and fined James $15,000.

“For me, winning is enough,” Abdul-Jabbar said at the time in a Substack video. Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the field? It does not mean anything. Goats don’t dance.”

Hours after his latest review of James went viral, Abdul-Jabbar appeared to backtrack on his remark. “Today I was asked a question by a reporter about Lebron James and I regret my flippant response which was overdone,” he said. tweeted. “For years I have expressed my deep admiration and respect for LeBron as a community leader and athlete. That has not changed and never will.”

Abdul-Jabbar said in a longer declaration“LeBron is still the fearsome hero I described two years ago [in a Sports Illustrated essay]. He is still a major force in improving life in the black community. He is still one of the greatest basketball players in history. He is still a man who has won the overwhelming admiration of millions. And every day he comes out and proves why he deserves this admiration.”

He continued: “On occasion, I’ve berated LeBron when I thought he was dropping the ball when it came to supporting the community. But I did it in the spirit of an older brother. loving offering advice whether they like it or not. So when I said he did things he should be embarrassed about, it wasn’t a snap or a beard or even a fuss , that was me recapping some of what I’ve said in the past.”


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