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There have been multiple books and passages written about Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The Basketball Hall of Famer and former six-time NBA MVP has not been shy in regards to letting his political and social views known. He’s been high on activism not just in the United States but abroad as well. He’s also made certain to call out others on their lack of concernment in how they wield their power in terms of public influence.

In an interview with NPR to promote his upcoming documentary Kareem: Minority of One, Jabbar made a few comments about fellow Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan who reportedly said in 1990, “Republicans buy sneakers, too” in the wake of a Sports Illustrated story relating the sale of Jordan’s famed Nike sneakers with violence in the sneaker community.

“You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights,” Abdul-Jabbar told NPR. “He took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it,” he continued.

The commercialization of Jordan’s popular sneaker line has kept him among the highest paid athletes, regardless of current playing status. It has also yielded plenty of discussion from both sides on whether or not Jordan should speak about the issues associated with his prized retro line. Last year alone, “Money” pocketed from Brand Jordan, a sum that surpassed all of his earnings on the court during his 16-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls & Washington Wizards.

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