Iâ€™ve known Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for over three decades.
Weâ€™re not friends, but I know him and he knows me. I have always had the highest regard for him, not only for his basketball skills but for his intelligence and thoughtful approach to life.
That feeling was reinforced with the recent publication of a column he wrote for Time Magazine in response to the entire Donald Sterling mess.
This afternoon, new commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA banned Sterling for life and is going to try to force him into selling the team due to his racist rant. The disgust at Sterling has been virtually universal.
But read Abdul-Jabbarâ€™s column here, and I think you will agree that this is a man who understands the world around him, how things both ought to be and how things are.
Thanks for the Lew Alcindor article it is good to see his mind is in a sharper place then Hanks Aaron's latest racist rant that all Republicans spawned from the Ku Klux Klan comment three weeks ago. Of course he stated it in front of the media. I dont condone what Sterling said even though he was pressed into it by his black girlfriend. I am just wondering why the NAACP thought that Sterling was worthy to toast at its Grand Convention. Sterling stated some stupid things but he must have done some good things in the eyes of the local African Americans.
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