As hard as it may seem to stomach Stephen Jackson's comments and viewpoints we SHOULD frame this on his life over the last several months...
He "adopted" George Floyd's daughter after the senseless murder - and evidently KNEW George Floyd as well.
He always seemed like a hot head - even BEFORE the Floyd Tragedy.....now?
He's angry, bitter...probably a bit afraid....frustrated.....among other things.
I've felt ALL of those emotions myself...even a bit of depression because of the state of this country and those RUNNING it right now.......
Does this excuse his or Desean's comments? No - it doesn't.
But as ALWAYS we NEED to properly FRAME the "WHY" as to some folks' actions.
Yes, I agree, people forget that Stephen Jackson was very close to Floyd. They grew up together in public housing in Texas.
"When me and Floyd met, we met in the hood, in Third Ward," Jackson said, referring to an area of Houston, Texas, where the two grew up. "Once we saw each other, the first thing we said was... 'Who your daddy?’ And he said 'Who your daddy?' That's how much we looked alike."
"From then on we was going down the same path," the former NBA player told the rapper. "The only thing that separated me and Georgie was that I had more opportunity," adding that Floyd was a "stand-up guy."
Jackson, 42, went on to explain why calling for justice in Floyd's case is so important, and what he believes is the most effective way to incite change.
"Everybody standing side by side, that’s the only way it’s gonna get done and I stand for that," he said of continuing the protests around the nation. "We gotta hold everyone accountable now."
But it doesn't change the fact, if you want equality, and you're leading the charge on, 'holding everyone accountable,' then it SHOULD apply to you ALSO!
Just like police officers shouldn't be above the law, neither should you!
Is Stephen Jackson a good person? Probably. He seems very charismatic, and he definitely has a good heart. Taking care of his friend's daughter is noble and honorable, no doubt, much respect to him for that.
I didn't want to make this thread only to solely point out these two athletes, because as
Barkley once said, “I'm not a role model. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.”
But my take from that is once you become a professional athlete, you are indeed a role model to the public. What you say, what you preach, and what you initiate becomes centralized and public to the viewers and younger adolescents of the sports we all come to love and share.
But his matter of intent is still dishonest, and fallacious. Just like if your friend is doing something morally wrong, I would call them out.
“When we neglect others out of superficial wisdom, fake respect, phony knowledge—we tell ourselves it’s their life; we say it’s not our responsibility; we don’t want to get involved. !@#$ that. Get involved. Or we’ll all feel the pain.”
― The RZA, The Tao of Wu
It will only damage his reputation, along with the people that surround him, and further invoke segregation between the marginalized groups. No matter what his matter of intent is, we need to band together as human beings. I believe one day, we will be able to find our inner peace within ourselves and stop this foolishness. We all bleed the same.
That being said, Kanter also came out with a video interview on CNN calling out DeSean & SJax:
I hope that Stephen Jackson sees the errors of his ways. In order for us to truly shine as one, we must come together as one. I get his close friend is dead, and he wants justice. But you can't have it both ways.
The silence, like I've stated numerous times, is deafening and it sends a clear signal. Unfortunately, the double standard here is also transparent.