Last Friday, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posted a controversial message about COVID-19 on his Instagram account. His post made headlines just minutes after it went live.
On Monday morning, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on James' post on his Substack.
Abdul-Jabbar ultimately believes James' meme about COVID-19 will end up being a blow to his legacy.
"LeBron James is not only one of the greatest basketball players ever, he’s committed to being a leader in the African American community in the fight against inequality," Abdul-Jabbar wrote. "But his Thursday Instagram meme showing three cartoon Spider-Men pointing at each other—one labeled covid,' one labeled 'flu,' one labeled 'cold—with his message: 'Help me out folks' was a blow to his worthy legacy."
The full post from Abdul-Jabbar can be read here:
Abdul-Jabbar then said James should be more vocal when it comes to being an advocate for the COVID-19 vaccines.
"While LeBron is a necessary and dynamic voice critical of police brutality against the Black community, he needs to be the same necessary and dynamic advocate with vaccines, which could save thousands of Black lives right now. The racism is just as real—and just as lethal—in both cases."
Abdul-Jabbar has praised James in the past, but it's evident that he's currently disappointed in the All-Star.
James has not yet responded to Abdul-Jabbar's latest post on Substack.