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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes ANOTHER shot at LeBron James

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Takes YET A Chance At LeBron James As NBA Legend Accuses LA Lakers Star Of ‘Standing On Both Sides Of The Fence’ When It Comes To Social Issues And Doing And Saying Things That Are ‘Really Under Him’

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar interrogated LeBron James before Sunday’s Lakers game
  • The NBA legend accused James of ‘being on both sides of the fence’ when it comes to certain social issues
  • James has been one of the sport’s most prominent voices on social issues
  • The LA Lakers star was previously the center of criticism from Abdul-Jabbar
  • Abdul-Jabbar later clarified that he meant no malicious intent with his final remarks to James

LeBron James “should be ashamed” of some of the things he has said and done, according to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Prior to the Los Angeles Lakers’ 129-118 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Abdul-Jabbar questioned James’ behavior around social issues, suggesting that he was rather “on both sides of the fence.”

“Some of the things he has done and said are really below him, as far as I can see,” Abdul-Jabbar told reporters.

“Some of the great things he’s done is he’s almost on both sides of the fence, you know? It makes it hard for me to accept that when he’s committed to a different view of everything. It’s hard to figure out where he stands. You have to watch it every time.’

Abdul-Jabbar has criticized James multiple times, but clarified that his latest comments were not intended to be a “stone throwing”.

“I admire the things he’s done that have gotten all our attention,” Abdul-Jabbar continued.

“Send an entire school to college? Wow. That is amazing. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet, you have to give him that. So I don’t throw stones. I just wish he wouldn’t be ashamed of some of the things he’s done. That’s exactly where I come from.’

Abdul-Jabbar presented a trophy in his name to the NBA social justice champion

James is one of the most vocal in the NBA on social issues, but was questioned by Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (left) has questioned LeBron James (right) leadership over social issues

Abdul-Jabbar, 74, spoke before presenting James’ teammate, Carmelo Anthony, with the new Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy honoring the NBA’s Social Justice Champion for the 2020-21 season.

In November and December, Abdul-Jabbar called James on two occasions.

First, the 74-year-old condemned James’ celebration after an overtime three-pointer against the Indiana Pacers, in which he mimicked the dance made famous by former NBA all-star Sam Cassell.

“Why do you have to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the field? There is no point. GOAT don’t dance,” he told Substack, a subscription commentary website.

James was again criticized by Abdul-Jabbar for his social media activity the following month after sharing a Spider-Man meme about Covid-19.

James celebrated a fourth quarter three-pointer during the Lakers' overtime win over the Pacers in Indianapolis on Nov. 24 by grabbing his crotch and dancing

James celebrated a fourth quarter three-pointer during the Lakers’ overtime win over the Pacers in Indianapolis on Nov. 24 by grabbing his crotch and dancing

The meme photo showed identical Spider-Mans pointing at each other with added labels of ‘Covid’, ‘cold’ and ‘flu’.

It was a position that Abdul-Jabbar said was a “blow to his dignified legacy.”

After his final comments about James, who is in his 19th year in the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar sought the Los Angeles Times via email to express his respect for the Lakers star, who has done a brilliant job with his “More Than a Vote” group, which works to fight voter suppression, and his I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio.

“LeBron is still the discouraging hero I described two years ago,” the email read.

“He is still an important factor in improving lives in the black community. He is still one of the greatest basketball players in history. He is still a man who has earned the overwhelming admiration of millions. And every day he goes out and proves why he deserves that admiration.

“I have occasionally rebuked LeBron when I thought he was dropping the ball when it came to supporting the community. But I did so in the spirit of a loving older brother who advised me whether I wanted to or not. So when I said he’s done things he should be ashamed of, that wasn’t a slap or a barb or even a finger wag, it was me who summed up some of what I’d said in the past.”

The dance originated with the 1994 Major League sequel (pictured)

The dance was popularized in the NBA by Sam Cassell (pictured), a journeyman who now serves as an assistant to the 76ers

The dance originated with the 1994 Major League sequel (left), but was popularized in the NBA by Sam Cassell (right), a journeyman guard who now serves as a 76ers assistant

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