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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson gets emotional recalling friendship with George Floyd

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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson gets emotional recalling friendship with George Floyd

Stephen Jackson a former NBA player explained his longtime friendship with George Floyd. This was an emotional interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

Jackson, has played for seven teams over the course of a 14-year NBA career that includes a championship with the San Antonio Spurs. Jackson referred to Mr. Floyd as his twin in a recent Instagram post following Mr. Floyd’s death. Mr. Jackson also told “Today” they were both from the Houston area and connected immediately when introduced by a mutual friend.

“Being a professional athlete, so many people abuse your friendship and your kindness,” Jackson said. “He was one of those guys that genuinely supported me.”

During the interview, Jackson described how he realized Floyd was pleading for his life in the video when he was screaming for his late mother.

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“I knew that was a cry for help,” he said. “I’m a strong black man and I know Floyd. We don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy and we can’t control it. … We’re going to get change. Some way or other, we’ve got to get this figured out.”

Jackson finished with a request that the protest that have erupted following Floyd’s death not escalate into further violence.

“Honestly, he would be happy that people are fighting for him, but that’s not the way he’d want to do it,” Jackson said. “Floyd would want everybody standing together and fighting for justice, and that’s it. He wouldn’t want to see innocent people get hurt. He used to baptize people.”

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