Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explains why LeBron James should be ’embarrassed’ about the handling of COVID-19

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized LeBron James on Sunday afternoon while attending an NBA event where he unveiled a trophy on social justice named after him. Abdul-Jabbar, who has previously criticized James for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, doubled his opinion.

Abdul-Jabbar took an exception with James, who supported Andrew Wiggins earlier in the season, after the Golden State Warriors striker was previously resistant to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as to James sharing a meme on Instagram comparing coronavirus with influenza or a cold. While Abdul-Jabbar disagrees with how LeBron has handled this situation, he would welcome the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about their activism.

“I would not mind doing it if he would take the time. I certainly got the time,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I admire the things he’s done that have gotten all our attention. Sending an entire school in college? Wow. That’s great. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet, you have to give him the credit for that. . ” I do not throw stones. I just wish he did not – you know, some of the things he’s done he should be embarrassed about. That’s just where I come from. “

Another problem Abdul-Jabbar had was when LeBron received a $ 15,000 fine from the league for a party considered indecent by the league in November.

“I think he has so much to go for him in terms of respect and performance and he should not bow to those moments,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

The all-time leading goal scorer in NBA history said the reason he has been so critical of LeBron is that he has high expectations of him. He has seen how effective he has been in talking about issues of social justice, saying he has spoken “eloquently” about them.

When Abdul-Jabbar initially criticized LeBron earlier in the season for his views on the pandemic, James chose not to get into a verbal sparring with him.

“No, I have no answer to Kareem at all,” James said in December. “And if you saw the post and you read the tag, you are literally asking, honestly, ‘Help me?’ Help me figure it all out. We’re all trying to figure out this pandemic. “

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