Former LA Lakers powerhouse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed current Lakers star LeBron James for sharing a social media post questioning COVID.
Over the weekend, James shared a meme of three Spider-Mans pointing at each other, and each one was labeled “COVID,” “Cold,” and “Flu.” He captioned the post, “Help me out folks.”
Abdul-Jabbar panned the Instagram post as “a blow to his worthy legacy” in a lengthy blog.
“The meme’s implication is that LeBron doesn’t understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that’s been presented in the press,” he wrote. “Well, since he asked, let me help him out by explaining the difference—and how knowing that difference might save lives, especially in the Black community.”
Abdul-Jabbar shamed James for refusing to push a pro-vaccination rhetoric, claiming, “he’s given support to those not getting vaccinated, which makes the situation for all of us worse by postponing our health and economic recovery.”
“By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk,” he continued, noting that Black communities are more likely to avoid the jab as they have historically been marginalized and illegally experimented on by the healthcare system.
“One way to help the Black community to overcome their hesitancy and save lives is for prominent Black celebrities and influencers to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and their boosters,” the basketball Hall of Famer wrote. “LeBron, if you’re concerned about the flu, then help promote the flu vaccination.”
He added that James, who has been vocal about racism and police brutality, needs to become a pro-vaccination mouthpiece to his 106 million Instagram followers.
“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,” Abdul-Jabbar concluded.