Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Tells Athletes to Continue Political Protests

The Hall of Famer rejected the notion that protests are unpatriotic.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the South Los Angeles Get Out The Vote Rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Leimert Park Village Plaza on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul Jabbar believes that NFL players, as well as other professional athletes, should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States. He also disagrees with the idea that the protests are in any way unpatriotic. The six-time NBA champion said that the protests are creating a useful dialogue around long-neglected issues of race, and that athletes should continue to speak about issues that they care about, and use their power to “peacefully and effectively” change the situation. Abdul Jabbar has been a political activist since he was in college.

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