SN: “As not only a Muslim but a born-and-bred New Yorker, son of a police officer, how did you feel watching the celebratory reactions on American streets after the assassination of Osama bin Laden?”
Abdul-Jabbar: “Killing 3,000 people in one swoop, for no good reason, it’s despicable. So I have no sympathy for Mr. bin Laden—he got what he deserved. I hope for the families who’ve lost loved ones, it’s some type of closure. We’re still involved in dealing with radical Muslims, but in terms of the people who lost loved ones and who are directly affected by Mr. bin Laden’s fanatics, I thought it was a positive development.”*
* “I’ve Always Thought I Had a Lot to Give,” Sporting News Conversation: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Steve Greenberg, Sporting News (May 23, 2011): 38.