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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Criticizes Michael Jordan Over Sneakers

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while known as a legendary basketball player, is a political activist of sorts.

He's never been one to shy away from world issues, and because of that says he took a hit to his celebrity status resulting in the lack of sales of his merchandise. In an interview with NPR, the former Lakers center says his outspoken nature took a toll at times, but he did what he thought was right.

"Sometimes you can't pick or choose," Abdul-Jabbar said. "When something happens, it doesn't matter if it's convenient or not - if it's time to speak up, you have to speak up. You can't be afraid."

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The NBA great also went on to discusses Michael Jordan and his lack of public opinion. The former Chicago Bulls star was once asked to endorse Harvey Gantt in his Senate campaign against a republican candidate with regressive racial attitudes. Jordan's response was that "Republicans buy sneakers too."

As you can imagine, Abdul-Jabbar wasn't too fond of that answer.

"You can't be afraid of losing shoe sales if you're worried about your civil and human rights," Abdul-Jabbar said. "He took commerce or conscience. It's unfortunate for him, but he's gotta live with it."