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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar supports Colin Kaepernick in Harvard visit

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (center) with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (left) and Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker. Don West/Blackwire

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had words of support for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick while chatting with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. The Celtics’ 7-foot-2 nemesis, in town promoting his latest book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” said he respects Kaepernick for standing up — kneeling, actually — for what he believes. “At first, people thought he was trying to diss the national anthem and diss our country, and they were kind of critical,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “He figured out how to make a positive statement about initiating change because black men have to stop dying at the hands of police officers for no good reason.” Asked by Gates about the presidential campaign, Abdul-Jabbar said it’s been too much about fear. “No matter who wins the election, people are going to have to understand that the fact that the complexion of America is getting a little bit darker is nothing to be alarmed about,” he said. “We’re all still Americans and we have to accept each other as Americans and not worry about how much pigmentation we’ve got.”