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“Feel free to tune him OUT” Kareem Abdul Jabbar defends Joe Rogan amid massive Spotify controversy

Kareem Abdul Jabbar supports Joe Rogan amidst his controversial comments on Spotify.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Joe Rogan

On Wednesday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed the criticism of Joe Rogan after a rising number of musicians announced they were removing their music from the service because it had not taken any action against false information about the Covid-19 outbreak. Kareem Abdul Jabbar is regarded as one of the best basketball players in history. The legendary Los Angeles Lakers player commanded respect when he was on the court. He frequently discusses current events on his articles, and most recently, he discussed the Joe Rogan scandal.


Kareem was a legitimate contender when he was playing, and he has never been one to hold back when it comes to expressing his opinions. Rogan, who in 2020 inked a $100 million agreement granting Spotify exclusive rights to his show, has come under fire for frequently disseminating and giving a stage to false material about the Covid-19 epidemic and vaccinations. Since late December, when a group of 270 doctors released an open letter denouncing a Rogan podcast episode that featured an interview with Dr. Robert Malone—who had previously been suspended from Twitter for consistently spreading false material about Covid-19—Spotify has been under fire.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is never the one to shy out of speaking his mind

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who won six NBA MVP awards, two MVP awards for the NBA Finals, and six NBA championships, is perhaps the most accomplished player in NBA history. He still holds the record for the most points in a regular season career and was one of the league’s most reliable players who  was most famous for his trademark shot, the sky hook. Although Abdul Jabbar reportedly called the shot “unsexy,” it has now evolved into one of sports’ most lethal techniques. He was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 after being named the best player in the NCAA Tournament in 1967, 1968, and 1969.


Kareem Abdul Jabbar retired from the game in 1989 as its all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points (24.6 ppg), 17,440 rebounds (11.2 rpg), 3,189 blocks, and 1,560 games played. He completed 787 games in a row with at least 10 points. The NBA announced the establishment of the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Social Justice Award on May 13, 2021, with the goal of honoring a current NBA player for their commitment to social justice initiatives. In recognition of his achievement, he was included to the NBA 50th and 75th anniversary teams as well as the Naismith Hall of Fame.

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Abdul Jabbar on the Joe Rogan issue

Pundits have characterized the recent Spotify altercation between Joe Rogan and Neil Young as a generational feud over free speech. The relevance of podcasts for Spotify’s economic model was underscored in earnings reports that the company produced. According to corporate representatives, they did not anticipate that the uproar over Joe Rogan’s false information on Covid-19 vaccines would have an impact on the number of subscribers. Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote: “He made a rational and what seemed like a heartfelt apology and promised to do better in the future. Spotify released some vague guidelines that seemed more corporate ass-covering and PR management than sincerely taking any responsibility.”

Since the publication of an open letter by 270 medical professionals in late December criticizing an episode of Rogan’s podcast that featured an interview with Dr. Robert Malone—who had previously been suspended from Twitter for repeatedly spreading false information about Covid-19—Spotify has come under fire. In the letter, Spotify was urged to create a clear and public policy to limit disinformation since Rogan has a history of spreading false and societally damaging statements about the virus, including preventing young people from being vaccinated and endorsing an experimental cure. Kareem Abdul Jabbar has voiced his concerns over this issue making it a global headline.

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