“Blown Out of Proportion”: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Expresses Regret After His Criticism About LeBron James Goes Viral

Published 04/04/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
Feb 25, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) looks for a foul call from the official in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Los Angeles Lakers star and Hall of Famer, issued a series of comments about LeBron James on Sunday. After making a statement and explaining what he really meant and regretting it later, the controversy was further extended.

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Several fans responded by firing back at him and taking this to a whole new level. It all began when he appeared at a celebration of James’ teammate, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony received the NBA’s Social Justice Champion Award from the former Lakers player before the Lakers played the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

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It gave him an opportunity to express his thoughts regarding James’ performance and how he is presenting his skills. In his words: “Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see,” Abdul-Jabbar said, according to ESPN.

Continuing, he said, “Some of the great things that he’s done, he’s standing on both sides of the fence almost, you know? It makes it hard for me to accept that when he’s committed himself to a different take on everything. It’s hard to figure out where he’s standing. You’ve got to check him out every time.”

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Later, he apologized through his Twitter account and explained that he did not mean what everyone was getting out of the comments. In his regrets for his statement, he said, “Blown Out of Proportion”. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar continues to elaborate on how he views LeBron James’ every move

The other time that Kareem Abdul took a shot at James was back in December when he said that James “encouraged vaccine hesitancy.” On Instagram, James posted a Spiderman meme with the caption, “help me out.”

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Kareem penned down a 1,100-word Substack essay, expressing his frustration regarding James’ post. There has been some back and forth on this before December, as two months ago he wrote another essay to James.

He has often commented on James when he sent a whole school to college as part of a social initiative. As per his own statement, he congratulated him for his efforts and wrote well about him. Nevertheless, he wrote, “he should be embarrassed,” mentioning some of James’ actions with a hint of criticism.

Mar 14, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Kareem referred to James as his subject of criticism a number of times. Nevertheless, he apologized today for his recent statements. What are your thoughts about Kareem’s issued apology?

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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