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Here's why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son Adam may NOT be jailed for stabbing elderly neighbor

Adam Abdul-Jabbar received a six-month sentence after a plea deal, and may spend those days in home confinement
UPDATED NOV 11, 2021
Adam Abdul-Jabbar (R) the son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) stabbed his neighbor with a hunting knife (Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Twitter/@BSO)
Adam Abdul-Jabbar (R) the son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) stabbed his neighbor with a hunting knife (Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Twitter/@BSO)

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, the son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, received a six-month sentence for stabbing his neighbor with a hunting knife following an argument over trash cans last year. What's more? He could even evade prison time as probation officials decide whether he will be permitted home confinement.

The Orange County district attorney’s office revealed that 29-year-old Adam was sentenced Tuesday, November 9, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a dirk or dagger, coupled with enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury. The sentencing came after Abdul Jabbar accepted a plea deal from an Orange County judge, who stayed the sentence until January 7 so that his defense team can apply for home confinement instead of incarceration, per the DA's office. Prosecutors had originally sought a seven-year jail sentence and described the plea offer as a "slap on the wrist."


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Abdul-Jabbar shares a driveway with his San Clemente neighbor, identified as Ray Winsor. He stabbed the 60-year-old neighbor several times on June 9 last year after he was confronted about failing to take in trash cans for his elderly roommate. Abdul-Jabbar stabbed his elderly neighbor in the back of the head, fracturing his skull. Prosecutors said Winsor nearly died of blood loss after collapsing outside of the emergency room.

“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,” Spitzer added.

MEAWW previously reported how a 28-year-old Adam was arrested by San Clemente police on June 12, 2020, and was released the same day after posting $25,000 bail. Deputies responded about 10 pm on June 9 to a call of a stabbing in the 300 block of Calle Guaymas. Winsor reportedly transported himself to a hospital with multiple injuries. Some reports, however, claimed that his wife drove him to the hospital. He later told the media that he was lucky to be alive after being stabbed seven times as the knife had even punctured his head. As mentioned, Winsor revealed how the confrontation started over trash cans, an ongoing issue between the two for the past couple of years.


"I sort of got on him because the lady who takes care of him is 83-year-old, he doesn't do anything for her and it just bums me out, she's in a walker taking her trash cans down," Winsor told reporters at the time. He recalled how Adam went into his home but then came back out, telling him that he was going to stick a knife through his teeth. After he started to walk away, Winsor said he initially felt punching, but then noticed he had been stabbed. “One punch and it knocked off his glasses, I think it knocked the knife out of his hand, I'm not sure because it was dark out there,” he said. 

Adam's father, 73-year-old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is best known for his 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association, during which he played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.