Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Jeopardy Fail
May 18th, 2012| by Lost Lettermen
No one will confuse UCLA and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings.
As part of “Power Players” week on the show, Abdul-Jabbar made his second appearance on the program and had a failure of epic proportions when given this clue: “The 5 movie ratings in the U.S. are NC-17, R, PG, PG-13 and this one.”
The correct answer, of course, is “What is G?” but apparently Abdul-Jabbar had his mind on other things by answering with, “What is X?”
Responded Alex Trebek: “You went in the wrong direction. We were looking for a G-rating, not an X-rating. Remember Kareem, this is a family show.”
In case you were wondering, X ratings were replaced by NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America in 1990.
This wasn’t Abdul-Jabbar’s first gaffe on the trivia program. On his first appearance in 2009, the big man was given a quote about a famous UCLA center as a clue. Abdul-Jabbar guessed himself when the correct answer was Bill Walton. The most embarrassing part? It was his quote.