Lakers Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar Scrutinized Calls to “Cancel Joe Rogan” After Spotify Controversy: “Those Who Don’t Wish to Forgive Are Free to Tune Him Out”

Published 08/05/2022, 4:30 PM EDT

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is one of the greatest players ever to have played the game of basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was a dominating figure during his playing days.

During his playing days, Kareem was a serial winner. He won six NBA Championships across two teams, five NBA Championships with the Los Angeles, and one championship with the Bucks. Ever since his playing days, Kareem never shies away from speaking his mind. He regularly talks about pressing issues on his substack. Recently, he talked about the Joe Rogan’s controversy.

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He wrote, “Still, Rogan shouldn’t be booted from Spotify for that. He made a rational and what seemed like a heartfelt apology and promised to do better in the future. Spotify—late to the party—released some vague guidelines that seemed more corporate ass-covering and PR management than sincerely taking any responsibility.

He also said, “But, again, that was 10 years ago, and as disgusting as it was unless there’s more like it recently, we have to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s evolved. Those who don’t wish to forgive are free to tune him out.”

One half of the magical duo that was Magic and Kareem

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The Lakers were the team to beat in the 1980s. Led by Pat Riley, the showtime Lakers played a brand of basketball unlike anything till then in the NBA. They had a magical point guard in Magic Johnson and an unstoppable weapon in Kareem.

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They both were part of the core, which led the Lakers to 9 NBA Finals and 5 NBA Championships.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 25: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson attend the MLB game between the Cincinnatti Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)

During this time, Kareem passed the metaphorical torch to Magic, who led the team to sustained success. Let us know on the comments below your favorite Showtime Lakers memory.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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