Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Republican candidate Donald Trump

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The Presidential race in the United States is heating up after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were confirmed as the candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties respectively.

With the election getting closer, high-profile names throughout the country have come out in support of their chosen candidate. At the latest Democratic national convention, it was the turn of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who pledged his vote to Clinton while also taking a shot at her opponent.

Trump is a polarising figure in the United States and it's clear to see the former L.A. Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks center is not a fan of the billionaire businessman. Having been introduced, the 69-year-old joked: "I'm Michael Jordan and I'm here with Hillary. I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn't tell the difference."

He went on to send a message to the American people, adding: "At its core, discrimination is the result of fear. Those who think Americans scare easily, enough to abandon our country's ideals in exchange for a false sense of security underestimate our resolve. To them we say only this; not here, not ever."

Abdul-Jabbar, who adopted his name at the age of 24, also blasted Trump's attitude towards Muslims, saying: "Donald Trump's idea to register Muslims and prevent them from entering our country is the very tyranny [Thomas] Jefferson abhorred."

While clearly popular with many Republicans, there are a number of people who are not so keen on the tycoon. Game four of the NBA finals was interrupted by an anti-Trump protestor with 'Trump Sucks' plastered across his chest, while there were many complaints from Cleveland natives about a convention being held at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The six-time champ isn't likely to be the last player - past or present - to have their view on the election. With so much at stake, expect the biggest names to have their say as we inch closer to America's next chapter.

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