Ab­dul-Jab­bar vis­its Har­vard, tells play­ers to stay in school

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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