Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
QUESTION 2
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now when, after the Liston fight Clay announced he was a member of the Nation of Islam, I'm curious about what you, and the kids you were coming up with, thought about that.

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR:

Well, I thought it was a bold stand. I didn't really expect anything like that to happen. I just thought he was a colorful guy, and then he seemed to have some serious underpinnings that nobody was aware of.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, let me have that again, but if you could, um, have in your response something about when he announced he was--

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR:

OK, when Cassius Clay announced that he was actually Muhammad Ali and had joined the Nation of Islam--

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR:

When Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali and announced his joining the Nation of Islam, I was surprised. I, I thought that he was just a colorful character, and that seemed to show that he had some serious underpinnings beneath all of the, the talk and exterior.