Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is definitely not concerned about competing against Tonya Harding on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.” “I’m not competing against Tonya in a way where she needs to break my legs,” the NBA legend quipped to “Access Live.” “We won’t bring that up,” he added, referencing the infamous Whack Heard ‘Round the World attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.
In all seriousness, Abdul-Jabbar says he “Absolutely” believes in second chances and does not judge the disgraced figure skater.
She was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, sentenced to three years’ probation and community service, and had to pay a fine.
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“People make mistakes, and when you understand her circumstances, it will affect how you deal with judging her,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
“I don’t feel I try to judge anybody. I wish her success and hope she feels good about what she does.”
The six-time NBA champ, who’s partnered with Lindsay Arnold, noted that all-athlete cast is getting along, including Harding.
“Tonya tries to get along with everybody,” he said.
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