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NBA’s Salim Stoudamire: “[Almost] Vegan”

Salim Stoudamire chows down.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published an interview with Atlanta Hawks guard Salim Stoudamire, all about his veganism.

In the macho world of pro-basketball this seems like a pretty big deal, and it’s a brave move on his part: “I finally reached a point where I just didn’t care what other people thought, and I didn’t have a problem with eating alone.” While Stoudamire doesn’t “think you should eat something that had a mother,” he seems glad that the NBA returned to using a leather ball. Hopefully Salim will extend his respect for “things” that had mothers beyond food!

3 Comments

  1. Comment by

    VeganGeek

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    ” While Stoudamire doesn’t “think you should eat something that had a mother,” he seems glad that the NBA returned to using a leather ball. Hopefully Salim will extend his respect for “things” that had mothers beyond food!

    It’s a good start, it seems to me after reading the interview that Salim’s love for the leather ball despite not wanting to eat “anything that had a mother” might be failure to thinking it through and nostalgia. I think there is hope that he one day will change his mind on the subject.

  2. Comment by

    thinkingvegan

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    I think that it is an extraordinary accomplishment for an NBA basketball player to step out like that and eat vegan. It was very courageous of him because I am sure that he has been ridiculed for it by some of his peers. It was an action taking to save animals, not only at the expense of his tastebuds but with larger social consequences than many vegans face in America. To come from that type of culture and make the decision not to eat meat is momentous. And in fairness, the synthetic ball was a labor issue because it was causing cuts and lacerations on the hands of guards such as Stoudemire, Steve Nash. etc. Maybe once they revise the make of the synthetic ball, Stoudemire will revise his opinion. I think that it’s acceptable for people to consider other factors as well when making their opinions.

  3. Comment by

    BryanA

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    He is vegan. Period. Give the guy respect for doing what he does. its hard enough for me as a regualar joe to be vegan, imagine how hard it was for him to go public with it his shoes. And come on, Is he going to quit his profession because the ball is leather? give me a break.

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