As of late the media has been saturated with the comments of former NBA stars–like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone–who point fingers at marginalized groups as being responsible for their own problems. For some, that will render the recent comments of the always intellectual Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a breath of fresh air.
Appearing on Monday’s episode of ‘Morning Joe’, the NBA legend was asked whether Islam played a role in terror attacks like the one against Charlie Hebdo.
“Another horrendous act of terrorism has taken place and people like myself who are on media speed-dial under ‘Celebrity Muslims’ are thrust in the spotlight to angrily condemn, disavow, and explain—again—how these barbaric acts are in no way related to Islam,” said Abdul-Jabbar, who has been a Muslim for decades.
He told host Mika Brzezinski that terror groups like ISIS have taken on a “fascist attitude and a fascist approach to everything,” adding, “You do what we say or you die.”
“You can make parallels to things that have happened here in America. Like the Ku Klux Klan saying they are the Christian knights,” Abdul-Jabbar explained. “And they do not practice Christianity.”
This is certainly not the first time that Abdul-Jabbar has found himself in the spotlight as of late. When two NYPD cops were kιlled, Abdul-Jabbar wrote in ‘TIME’ that it was wrong to assume that the kυller’s actions were based on anti-police brutαlity protests.
“Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the suιcidal kιller, wasn’t an impassioned activist expressing political frustration, he was a troubled man who had shot his girlfriend earlier that same day,” wrote Abdul-Jabbar.
He continued: “The protests are no more to blame for his actions than The Catcher in the Rye was for the mυrder of John Lennon or the movie Taxi Driver for the attempted assαssination of Ronald Reagan.”