Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivered a quick but impactful speech Thursday night as one of the final speakers at the Democratic National Convention. He didn't exactly share why he has chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton—instead he focused on why has chosen not to endorse Donald Trump.
Abdul-Jabbar earned perhaps the biggest laugh of the entire convention when he introduced himself by saying, "I'm Michael Jordan, and I'm here with Hillary. I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn't tell the difference."
Abdul-Jabbar then spoke about Muslim U.S. war hero Humayan Khan, who died in combat. A full transcript of his speech is below.
Abdul-Jabbar had an interesting interaction with Trump earlier in the campaign. In September, he wrote a piece for The Washington Post criticizing Trump and praising Bernie Sanders. Trump responded with a hand-written note.
Abdul-Jabbar has continued to be critical of Trump. Yesterday, Kareem said, "I think a lot of the things that he's advocating are playing into the hands of the terrorists."
He announced his endorsement of Clinton in April, penning that "in Clinton we have a proven warrior who has both the commitment and record of accomplishment to lead the fight."
The NBA's all-time leading scorer is an outspoken political commentator and liberal thought leader. He frequently contributes editorials to widely-read outlets such as The Washington Post and TIME.
Abdul-Jabbar received widespread praise for his speech on Twitter, including this note from Hall of Famer James Worthy.