Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
QUESTION 9
JACKIE SHEARER:

Did any in the group question the extreme nature of his decision? I mean, was there any attempt to sort of pull him back to a maybe a more middle-of-the-road kind of stance?

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR:

I think, uh, when we had that meeting, the more pragmatic people would have advised him to accept it and to, um, just play along with the system, but, uh, Ali would have none of that. He knew it was wrong. He knew that he would be used as, uh, an example of the American support for the war, and because of that, because of the nature of, of the propaganda war that was going on here in this country, um, he refused to be any part of it.