In June 2006, Atlanta Hawks guard Salim Stoudamire abandoned his diet of
junk food and animal-based foods to become the Hawks' only vegan
player. (Vegans typically only eat food from plants ' fruits,
vegetables, legumes [dried beans and peas], grains, seeds and nuts.)
So when team chef Bradley Rouse cooks turkey chili or Cajun catfish
for the rest of the team, Stoudamire gets grilled tofu and quinoa (a
Stoudamire recently sat down to talk about being a vegan in a sport
dominated by carnivores.
Q: Why did you become a vegan?
A: I've always wanted to be one because of health, but I never wanted
to go eat by myself or have people talk about me. But 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.
Q: Did you lose weight after you became a vegan?
A: I lost 3 pounds, and I'm in better condition. My endurance has gone
up, and I haven't gotten tired at all during the whole season.
Q: So this wasn't prompted by animal rights?
A: Sort of. I don't think you should eat something that had a mother.
I don't think that's right.