AceShowbiz - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn't happy with LeBron James' recent social media post. After the Los Angeles Lakers star shared a COVID-19 meme, the former professional basketball player wrote an online essay to call out King James.
The meme in question, which LeBron shared on Instagram, showed three Spider-Men cartoons pointing at each other. The figures were labeled "covid," "flu" and "cold." In the caption, the 36-year-old wrote, "Help me out folks."
Now in his essay posted on Substack, Kareem noted that "the meme's implication is that LeBron doesn't understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that's been presented in the press." He added, "With 106 million Instagram followers, making such a post is automatically politically impactful because he questions the validity of the efforts to get the country vaccinated."
"As is evident by some of the comments that cheer LeBron's post, he's given support to those not getting vaccinated," the 74-year-old went on elaborating. "[It] makes the situation for all of worse by postponing our health and economic recovery."
"The CDC reports that those who are unvaccinated are 9 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 14 times more likely to die from COVID than those vaccinated," he continued. "The number rises to 20 time more likely when compared to someone who's gotten a booster shot. By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk."
Before ending his lengthy post, Kareem reminded LeBron to be "the same necessary and dynamic advocate with vaccines" as he is for "police brutality against the Black community." The former then concluded, "The racism is just as real-and just as lethal-in both cases."
While LeBron previously admitted that he used to be skeptical of COVID-19, he divulged in September that he already received his jab. "I think everyone has their own choice - to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature," he said at the time. "I know that I was very (skeptical) about it all but after doing my research. I felt like it was best suited for not only me but for my family and my friends."