Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Isn’t Feeling LiAngelo Ball’s Ferrari

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

I hate to say that UCLA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is haterating in this dancerie, but the NBA legend isn’t upset that LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA players (Cody Riley and Jalen Hill) got caught stealing in China; he’s more annoyed that the middle Ball child is cruising campus in a Ferrari.


“This is disgusting. I don’t like that,” Abdul-Jabbar told Fox Sports 1’s The Herd With Colin Cowherd. “It sets a bad precedent for what the school is supposed to be about and what our basketball program is supposed to be about.”

The sports-performance car was a gift from his brother Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.


Bruh. Mr. Abdul-Jabbar. Let LiAngelo live. He’s balling on a budget—a pretty low budget, even if he is flossing around the Westwood campus in a Ferrari that he didn’t buy and is reportedly stealing Louis Vuitton sunglasses.

Abdul-Jabbar does believe that the players deserve a second chance after being caught shoplifting, but thinks that cruising the campus in a high-priced sports car is a bit much.

“I think they deserve a chance to redeem themselves, but they have to redeem themselves,” he explained. “It’s not gonna just be words. They have to go out and prove it, go to class, show some character. That’s what I would like to see.”

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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The stealing and the driving around a car that could fund several college tuitions are disgusting.

We black folk have lost sight of what is important. There are many folk that died trying to give us the chance to go to college and succeed. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had to take ugliness and live a certain way because of the hue of our skin. We owe them. Stealing sunglasses that cost a part of one’s house note and riding around in a Ferrari doesn’t cut it. Going to class and learning and obtaining that degree is what does.

Don’t get me wrong. I want folks to get paid. But sometimes being in a haste can shortchange one’s monetary potential. Yes, you can get that million now. But if you stay in your lane and try to do something for yourself that NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOU, instead of a million there will be two million or many more. And you probably won’t be sitting on the bench for five years before you break out into a superstar either.

As Magic Johnson stated back in the day, “If you are good, they will find you.”