AceShowbiz - Former NBA star Stephen Jackson is deeply mourning the loss of his close friend George Floyd, who was suffocated to death during arrest in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. Thus, he didn't not take it lightly when Denver Nuggets player Michael Porter Jr. made a confusing statement while weighing in on the police brutality.
Michael, trying to be an agent of love instead of hate, tweeted, "As much as you pray for George family, gotta also pray for the police officer(s) who were involved in this evil." He continued, "As hard as it is, pray for them instead of hate them...Pray that God changes their hearts."
His words didn't sit well with many people, including Stephen who blasted the young athlete, "go sit yo young Privileged a** down." The retired professional basketball player told the 21-year-old small forward to pick a side, saying, "Either u with us or against us."
Stephen added that it was easy for Michael to ask people to show compassion for the police officers because he didn't lose a loved one. "@MPJr not now bruh f**k 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," he responded to Michael's plea.
Stephen has been sharing emotional posts on Instagram to express his feelings over George's tragic passing. Calling his late friend his "twin," he said in a tearful video shared on Tuesday, "This what I gotta wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man, we called each other 'twin,' bro."
"I had just sent him up two or three boxes of clothes. My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man. Y'all went and killed my brother," he continued. "I'm on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. I can't let this ride, dog. Y'all not going to be mad until this hits your front door. Bullsh**t."
He also shared photos of George wearing the clothes that he had sent to him. "All u wanted to do was stay fly and be great. This pic tore me down. Called me with pics of the outfits laid across the bed showing how he was gonna kill them with the clothes I sent him. Boxes in the background," he wrote in one of the captions.
"It meant the world to him but meant the world to me how he wanted the world to know that we called each other twin," the former Los Angeles Clippers star added. "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 u wasn't suppose to make it through the life u had change for the better then go out like this. F**k dat."
Meanwhile, more celebrities have spoken up against the injustice that took the life of George. Beyonce Knowles paid tribute by putting a picture of George on the homepage of her website and wrote in the caption, "Rest in Power George Floyd."
Jamie Foxx reacted, "Why couldn't they just put him in the car? God rest his soul... If u watch this video and your heart doesn't break... it's getting scarier and scarier for African American men when it comes to police... I struggle everyday to find answers... the officers are now on paid leave... and their police federation is saying let's not rush to conclusions??? Wow ... cantbreathe."
Kim Kardashian tweeted, "#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd" along with a heartbroken emoji, while Halle Berry confessed, "I'm so extremely angry. This bulls**t has to stop!" 2 Chainz added in his own post, "I can't post the video [an angry face emoji], I can still see the killer with his hands in his pocket and knee on the neck of a handcuffed man." He continued, "rest in peace #georgefloyd and I hate him and all the cops that was there for it."