Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Shuts Down Major Athlete Stereotype
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is fighting the stereotypes against male athletes.
The former NBA star slammed the idea that all athletes are cheaters amid reports that Tristan Thompson has been unfaithful to Khloé Kardashian.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal: Everything We Know So Far “Just days before Khloé Kardashian gave birth, reports broke that the baby’s father, NBA player Tristan Thompson, had allegedly cheated on her.
One common refrain among outraged onlookers: ‘There’s no way Khloé didn’t know about this.
He’s an athlete,’” the former Los Angeles Laker, 71, began in an essay for Cosmopolitan, published on Monday, April 16.
“The implication is that such sleazy behavior should be expected because, after all, he plays professional sports for a living.
Grown men playing boys’ games can’t be trusted to act like responsible adults.
Especially when they’re celebrities because of it,” Abdul-Jabbar continued.
“This is a pervasive opinion people have of pro athletes — and not even the worst one.
But that doesn’t make it true or acceptable.
Imagine how different the response would be if the comment were, ‘He’s black.’ But athletes are expected to accept the insulting stereotypes, shut up, and dribble.” Every Rapper and Athlete Khloe Kardashian Has Dated After multiple outlets published footage on April 10 of Thompson, 27, appearing to kiss other women, Us Weekly confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers star has been cheating on Kardashian, 33, since at least November.
The duo, who started dating in September 2016, welcomed their daughter, True Thompson, on Thursday, April 12.
A source told Us on Monday that the reality star is “willing to forgive” her basketball beau despite his infidelity.