Abdul-Jabbar: 'More Whites Believe in Ghosts Than Racism'
NBA great says racism is alive and well
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
Updated May 4, 2014 10:34 AM CDT
Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar waves to the crowd during an NBA game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

(Newser) – Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent more than a day or two in the NBA, and today he dives right into its racism problem, telling ABC that though the problem is widespread, "more whites believe in ghosts than they do in racism." Yet it's "still part of our culture and people hold onto these ideas and practices," he said, as per Politico. And the NBA must gauge the "temperature," and "keep the issue in people’s minds when it’s appropriate."

Abdul-Jabbar hasn't exactly sat on his hands as the brouhaha over Sterling, his old boss during a brief coaching stint at the Clippers, exploded. In Time last week, he penned a pretty scathing op-ed in which he admits that, yes, he's outraged. But not because of the reason you'd think: "What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise." Sterling discriminated against minorities for years in his apartment buildings, and "this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?" Sure, "Sterling is the villain of this story," but "racism is the true enemy. (Sterling is) just another jerk with more money than brains." His whole piece is worth a read.

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joosruleoverus
May 7, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
another black racist made wealthy by dem ol white mans checking in...i lost interest in spurts a long time ago
Josh McNattin
May 6, 2014 11:19 AM CDT
Apparently he doesn't believe in racism either, being that racism is a generalization made about an entire race of people.
JERZJOE
May 6, 2014 7:04 AM CDT
GREAT MOVIE LINE FROM "AIRPLANE" Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. Roger Murdock: I'm sorry, son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I'm the co-pilot. Joey: You are Kareem! I've seen you play. My dad's got season tickets. Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now, Joey. Right, Clarence? Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he's not bothering anyone. Let him stay here. Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is... [showing his nametag] Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I'm an airline pilot. Joey: I think you're the greatest, but my dad says you don't work hard enough on defense. [Kareem gets angry] Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try... except during the playoffs. Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don't! LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.