NBA video: Stephen Jackson makes passionate speech at George Floyd press conference
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Video: Stephen Jackson makes passionate speech at George Floyd press conference

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Former NBA journeyman Stephen Jackson was one of the many notable faces present at Friday’s George Floyd press conference in Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns, the star center of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was another.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black male, was murdered earlier this week after a policeman kneeled on his neck despite the man pleading to breathe.

Jackson, who knew Floyd personally, opened his speech with some powerful words:

“To my white brothers, I love you. Every race here, I love you. But it comes to a point now, where if you love me and you not standing on the side of me, then your love don’t mean sh*t.”

“I’m at the point now where I’m tired of being the bigger person. I’m tired of walking around and seeing white kids and feeling like me being or having a big heart and giving love to every race and we’re not getting it in return.”

There has been plenty of backlash from NBA players and other celebrities that have grown disgruntled for the constant cases of police brutality taking place in the United States.

Only six years ago, a man by the name of Eric Garner was murdered by a New York City policeman after being put in a chokehold. Garner said “I can’t breathe” 11 times before dying, and the NBA took notice, wearing black warmup shirts that had “I Can’t Breathe” on them.

The civil unrest has incited riots in Minneapolis, as the assaulting policeman, Derek Chauvin, was finally arrested on Friday morning after being fired from the force on Tuesday.

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