The man with the most unstoppable hook shot in the history of the NBA has always been an activist for the black struggle because he understands he thrives off the shoulders of those before him that fought. He lived his professional career and life on the front lines of the fight despite how it might impact his marketability.
This is how the professional athletes of that era were brought up. This is what they understood, but it doesn’t seem to have transferred to Michael Jordan and the athletes that followed his lead.
Recently, Jabbar was interviewed by NPR and had a few choice words to say about Michael Jordan when it came to his infamous “Republicans buy sneakers, too” comment made in 1990.
Abdul-Jabbar told NPR:
“You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. He took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it.”
Abdul-Jabbar isn’t the only person taking shots at Jordan these days. Stephon Marbury recently attacked Jordan over becoming a billionaire selling overpriced shoes that cost $5 to make.
More than likely Jordan isn’t going to respond to Abdul-Jabbar, Marbury, or anyone else who has a problem with his business decisions, but should he?
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