Stephen Jackson is ready to help.
The one-time Atlanta Hawks forward and current Atlanta resident shared his emotion on social media after the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death became a national story once viral video surfaced of now former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck until Floyd lost consciousness while in custody. As of Wednesday morning, Jackson has dedicated 12 posts to his slain friend on Instagram.
“This what I gotta wake up to, man,” Jackson said in a video of his first post about the death. “This what I gotta wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man, we’d call each other ‘twin,’ bruh. Everybody knows we called each other ‘twin.’ My brother was only out there in Minnesota, he was changing his life. He went to Minnesota, he was driving trucks. I just sent him up two, three boxes of clothes.
“My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man, and y’all go kill my brother. I’m on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. Can’t let this ride, dawg.”
Jackson ended the video by saying people won’t be mad about police brutality until it directly affects their lives.
Among the celebrities who sent their condolences to Jackson was Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. Current Hawks point guard Brandon Goodwin seemed to subtly add his thoughts on the trending topic with the tweet “We gotta do better, world.”
We gotta do better, world.— Brandon Goodwin (@goodysav) May 26, 2020
Jackson’s follow-up posts included a picture of Floyd going to work in a suit Jackson bought for him, the athlete Floyd was in high school, how proud he was of Jackson making it out of the Houston area and a picture of Chauvin wearing a red “Make Whites Great Again” hat.
Jackson was the third-leading scorer on the Hawks during the 2003-04 season, as he averaged 18.1 points in 80 games. Jackson still lives in Atlanta, where he’s recorded “stay-at-home” episodes of his “All the Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes. He has previously said on the podcast he frequents Hawks games to watch Trae Young and John Collins. Jackson was also at the Hawks game in 2015 for Kobe Bryant’s final game in Atlanta. Bryant talked to Jackson and his son for an extended period of time in the hallway after the game before Bryant entered the media room for his Atlanta farewell press conference.