In a series of social media posts on Tuesday, former NBA star Stephen Jackson tearfully mourned his longtime friend and so-called ‘twin’ George Floyd, whose death in Minnesota on Monday has sparked national outrage over racist police brutality.
‘This is what I gotta wake up to?’ an emotional Jackson said in a video posted on Instagram. ‘Floyd was my brother, man. We called each other “Twin,” bruh. Everybody know me and Floyd called each other “Twin.”‘
Four police officers in Minneapolis were fired Tuesday after a viral video showed one kneeling on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck as he cried that he could not breathe. Floyd is ultimately seen passing out, and although an official cause has not been given, he was later declared dead at a local hospital.
Floyd was being arrested for allegedly using forged documents at a local deli. His family has called for the four officers to be charged with murder.
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George Floyd (left) and Stephen Jackson (right) referred to each other as ‘twins’ growing up in the Houston area. Floyd died Monday during a violent arrest in Minnesota
In a series of social media posts on Tuesday, former NBA star Stephen Jackson (left) tearfully mourned his longtime friend and so-called ‘twin’ George Floyd (right). Jackson, 42, said he grew up watching Floyd, 46, growing up outside of Houston
Although they did not attend the same high school, Jackson and Floyd grew up in the Houston area, where the two excelled at basketball. In fact, Floyd received a scholarship offer from Florida State, Roxie Washington, the mother of his six-year-old daughter Gianna, told the Houston Chronicle.
Floyd was not able to take the scholarship, however, as he did not finish high school. Later, she said, the father of two moved to Minnesota to work as a truck driver and bouncer after struggling to find a job in Texas.
As Jackson explained, Floyd was trying to do the right thing.
‘My brother was only out there in Minnesota, he was changing his life, he went to Minnesota, he was driving trucks,’ Jackson said in the video.
‘I just sent him two, three boxes of clothes. My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man, and y’all go kill my brother, man.’
Jackson (pictured here after a BIG3 game in 2018) has vowed to go to Minnesota to fight for justice after Floyd died in police custody
Protests broke out in Minneapolis after the video of Floyd’s violent arrest went viral.
Jackson, who is now 42 and the co-host of a popular podcast, vowed to go Minneapolis to fight for justice.
‘I’m on my way to Minnesota, man,’ he said. ‘Whatever I can do, can’t let this ride, dog. Y’all not going to be mad until it hits you front door. Bulls***.’
Jackson posted several pictures of Floyd on his Instagram page. In one, the 6-foot-8 Jackson has his arms around two friends alongside Floyd, who appears to be nearly as tall as the former NBA forward.
‘It makes me so angry that after all the things u been through when u get to your best self that they take u out like this,’ Jackson wrote.
Jackson also posted a grab of another social media post, in which Floyd responded to something he had said on television.
‘Professional at its best,’ Floyd wrote, using the ‘bigfloyd4god_rtg’ handle. ‘If only you guys knew our history.’
Jackson posted a grab of another social media post, in which Floyd responded to something he had said on television. ‘Professional at its best,’ Floyd wrote, using the ‘bigfloyd4god_rtg’ handle. ‘If only you guys knew our history.’
Floyd was a star tight end at Houston’s Yates High, but was better known as a basketball player
Another picture showed Floyd at his truck driving school in St. Paul, Minnesota.
‘Twin couldn’t wait to tell me he moved to Minnesota to work and drive trucks,’ Jackson wrote. ‘He knew he had to relocate to be his best self. His [heart] was in the right place. Rest Easy Bro.’
Jackson also posted a newspaper clipping of Floyd in his Yates high school football jersey.
‘These days the only crime U get killed for is Being Black,’ Jackson wrote. ‘Rest Easy Twin. Starting tight end 92. Made it to state championship. Bruh wasn’t no bum. Had hoop game too. U will know who Floyd was.’
A high school All-American who outscored Kobe Bryant in the annual McDonald’s All-American game as a senior, Jackson was ruled academically ineligible and ultimately did a short stint at a community college before playing in the Continental Basketball Association and overseas.
He broke into the NBA with the New Jersey Nets in 2000, but really made a name for himself with the San Antonio Spurs in 2002-03, starting 58 times for a team that ultimately won a title.
Jackson signed with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent the following season, and was considered among the game’s best two-way players for most of the next decade with the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, and Charlotte Bobcats.
He was suspended for 30 games during the 2004-05 season for his infamous role in the Pacers-Pistons brawl in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in which several Indiana players, including himself, fought Detroit players and fans.
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