Former NBA star Stephen Jackson fought again tears Thursday as he recalled his shut friendship with “twin” George Floyd — saying watching the video of his death “destroyed” him.
The one-time Nets ahead informed the “Right now” present that he was half-asleep when he first noticed the now-viral video and assumed it was “one other black man getting murdered by the police.”
A mutual buddy then informed him it was really his “twin in Minnesota” — a buddy who seemed so like him, they requested one another “Who’s your daddy?” once they first met rising up in Texas, he recalled.
“I jumped up, screamed, scared my daughter — virtually broke my hand punching stuff as a result of I used to be so mad,” Jackson, 42, informed the NBC present.
The video confirmed “my greatest buddy on TV for the world to see getting killed over a fraud cost, a pretend $20 invoice.”
“It simply destroyed me, and I haven’t been the identical since I seen it,” Jackson stated.
The video significantly “damage” as a result of he noticed his pal begging for his mom, the previous hoops star stated of the buddy who was all the time his “first cease” each time they had been in the identical city.
“I knew that was a cry for assist. We don’t scream my mom’s title like that, until we all know one thing is fallacious and our life is in jeopardy,” Jackson informed “Right now,” preventing again tears.
He stated when he known as the household, he heard George’s 6-year-old daughter “screaming.”
“She has to see this — the entire world has to see this — and she or he has to cope with it for the remaining of her life.”
He vowed to verify his buddy’s title “might be remembered as a result of we’re going to get change.”
“I’m gonna get justice for my buddy,” he stated — whereas insisting his buddy would hate the violence his death has sparked.
“This isn’t what Floyd would need. Floyd would need all people standing collectively and preventing for justice, and that’s it. He’s not the sort of individual to advertise violence,” he stated.