Abdul-Jabbar visits Harvard, tells players to stay in school
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn’t mention either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton by name, but the presidential election was on his mind when he came to Harvard on Saturday to talk to the players on the Crimson basketball team.
Nor did the Basketball Hall of Famer need to cite Colin Kaepernick by name when he said current sports stars were “getting their baptism” in social movements.
“I’m glad to see that the younger athletes are concerned and saying something about it. That’s how we solve things,” Abdul-Jabbar told reporters before meeting with the players.
Abdul-Jabbar said he never regretted finishing college; nor was he tempted by a reported $1 million offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters. He encouraged college athletes to spend more time in school so they could learn the game.
“The longer that they stay here, the better that they will play,” he said. “If they stay in college for four years, that’s the best way to achieve all that they want to achieve as basketball players.”