Stephen Jackson fires back at ‘privileged’ Michael Porter Jr. over George Floyd remark
In the wake of the unfortunate death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, former NBA player Stephen Jackson has been sharing insight into his longtime relationship with Floyd, whom he grew up with in Houston.
“Nobody was more proud of my growth and my fatherhood more than #BigFloydDaGod. We will get justice. They will be writing a big check for your kids on behalf of Minnesota Police Dept. and u can bet dat Jack. Rest Easy Twin,” Jackson wrote on Instagram as a tribute to Floyd.
Amid the continued uproar regarding Floyd’s killing that led to the firing—but not criminal charges, yet—of four Minneapolis police officers, Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. surprised many with a tweet offering support for the police officers. “As much as you pray for George family, gotta also pray for the police officer(s) who were involved in this evil. As hard as it is, pray for them instead of hate them…Pray that God changes their hearts,” Porter Jr. wrote.
Jackson responded with a strong message to Porter Jr. “Man go sit yo young Privileged ass down. Either u with us or against us. @MPJr not now bruh f** dat. Rest Easy Twin I don’t have a prob with u Youngin ain’t no time for that. Easy to say that nobody dying close to u. Pick a side.”
Footage showing a police officer pinning down a handcuffed George Floyd as he struggled to breathe—leading to his death in police custody Monday night—reignited outrage over police brutality against minorities. A host of NBA figures have expressed disgust about the incident, including LeBron James, Steve Kerr, Magic Johnson, and many others.