NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Endorses Clinton

| by Ray Brown
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an April 15 editorial for the Washington Post.

After referencing the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima -- which killed between 90,000 and 120,000 civilians, according to UCLA -- the NBA hall-of-famer wrote that this presidential election will be a choice between "hell and reason."

He cited the words of French philosopher Albert Camus following the disastrous attack on Japan during World War II.

"This is no longer a prayer but a demand to be made by all peoples to their governments — a demand to choose definitively between hell and reason," Camus wrote, to which Abdul-Jabbar added: "That is what the stakes of this election are: We are choosing between hell and reason."

Abdul-Jabbar noted that the public's decision to put their trust in "ordinary people" instead of experts and established politicians is misguided.

"I prefer the wisdom of a trained physician when I have pain in my chest," he wrote. " ... When did we start devaluing intelligence and knowledge?"

Abdul-Jabbar then urged voters to choose Clinton and stop "an international trend that threatens to unleash a triumph of hatred and fear over reason."

Clinton, however, has come under scrutiny for some of her foreign policy decisions: As Secretary of State, Clinton was in favor of the Libyan intervention, which President Barack Obama admitted was his biggest regret in an interview with the Atlantic.

ISIS now has a stronghold in Libya, and the failed state is considered a hotbed of terrorism.

During his editorial, however, Abdul-Jabbar mostly stuck to contrasting Clinton with her GOP rivals. He specifically noted how some legislators refuse to listen to experts and instead choose to deny global warming and "bury their heads and do nothing."

Abdul-Jabbar concluded that Clinton is a "proven warrior who has both the commitment and record of accomplishment to lead the fight."

Sources: Washington Post, The Atlantic, UCLA / Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State/Flickr

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