Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Kyrie Irving for promoting conspiracy theories

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Kyrie Irving for promoting conspiracy theories

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks Kyrie Irving would be "dismissed as a comical buffoon" if it weren't for his influence on the younger people. Abdul-Jabbar, who is well-known for his activism, has made it clear once again that he is not a fan of Irving's vaccine stance and has slammed Irving after the star guard shared Alex Jones' latest video.

Irving has been refusing to take the vaccine against COVID-19, staying firm in his beliefs and suggesting that the pandemic wasn't a coincidence.

Abdul-Jabbar, a former six-time NBA champion, feels Irving's actions have tarnished the reputation of athletes who are actually striving to make the world a better place. "Alex Jones is one of the most despicable human beings alive and to associate with him means you share his stench," Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his Substack.

"Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people who look up to athletes. When I look at some of the athletes who have used their status to actually improve society—Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russel, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and more—it becomes clear how much Irving has tarnished the reputations of all athletes who strive to be seen as more than dumb jocks."

Abdul-Jabbar rips Irving

After Irving came out before the start of the 2021/22 season and said that he wasn't interested in taking the vaccine, Abdul-Jabbar was one of the first to call him out. Abdul-Jabbar has a problem with Irving because he feels Irving should use his position to be a good role model, especially for the Black community.

"Last October, I wrote a piece about Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (“Should We Just ‘Leave Kyrie Alone?”) and why this reckless choice was destructive to the country and especially the Black community where he would be an influential role model," Abdul-Jabbar added.

"The facts proved that accusation to be true. Irving didn’t care. He continued to promote his anti-vax sentiments—regardless of the cost in lives and health to others—proclaiming himself a “martyr”.

Not kidding. We might have just left him alone to stew in his own gelatinous ignorance. Rich and famous people get away with saying dumb things all the time because their money isolates them from consequences. They surround themselves with Yes-people whose job is to confirm whatever hare-brained ideas they have. Yes, sir, Mr. Irving, the Earth has never been flatter."