Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son sentenced for stabbing neighbour with hunting knife

Elderly neighbor stabbed after telling Adam Abdul-Jabbar to tale the trash out

Bevan Hurley
Monday 15 November 2021 18:11 GMT
Adam Abdul-Jabbar
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The son of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was sentenced to six months in jail for stabbing a neighbour with a hunting knife during an argument over trash cans.

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 29, stabbed 60-year-old Ray Windsor on 9 June last year after a dispute over trash in the shared driveway of their home in San Clemente, south of Los Angeles in California, turned violent.

Mr Windsor was stabbed in the back of the head, suffered a fractured skull, and nearly died from loss of blood.

Abdul-Jabbar pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one of carrying a dagger after striking a deal with a judge in Orange County, California.

Abdul-Jabbar has been allowed to apply for home detention, and his sentence is stayed until January.

Speaking to Fox 29, Mr Windsor said he has known Abdul-Jabbar since he was six and had suggested he should help an elderly relative by taking out the trash more often.

He said Abdul-Jabbar suddenly became angry and threatened him, and then started stabbing him in the back and head.

Mr Windsor told Fox 29 he was in a critical condition and was left with seven knife wounds.

Prosecutors had sought a seven-year jail sentence and objected to the plea offer.

“This slap on the wrist is an absolute miscarriage of justice,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement after the sentencing.

“This man nearly bled to death in front of the emergency room doors after being stabbed so violently over and over that his skull was fractured.

“We believe the complete disregard for human life over a dispute over trashcans is so egregious it warranted prison time,” Mr Spitzer said.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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