Former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended DeSean Jackson's controversial posts Tuesday night, arguing over a since-deleted Instagram video that the Philadelphia Eagles receiver was "speaking the truth."
DeSean Jackson posted several fake Adolf Hitler quotes to his Instagram story over the past few days, drawing immediate backlash and prompting Jackson to publicly apologize while clarifying he had no hatred toward the Jewish community. The Eagles denounced Jackson's posts as "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling."
"So I just read a statement that the Philadelphia Eagles posted regarding DeSean Jackson's comments," Stephen Jackson said in the initial Instagram video. "He was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he's speaking the truth. Right? He's speaking the truth. You know he don't hate nobody, but he's speaking the truth of the facts that he knows and trying to educate others.
"But y'all don't want us to educate ourselves. If it's talking about the Black race, y'all ain't saying nothing about it. They killing us, police killing us and treating us like (expletive), racism at an all-time high, but ain't none of you NFL owners spoke up on that, ain't none of you teams spoke up on that. … I play for the Big3. We have a Jewish owner. He understands where we stand and some of the things we say, but it's not directed to him. It's the way we've been treated."
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who apologized after posting several fake Adolf Hitler quotes. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports)
Stephen Jackson deleted his initial video before posting a statement on Instagram responding to backlash. He wrote: "Your races (sic) pain doesn't hurt more than the next races pain. Don't act like your hardships or more devastating then ours. And u wonder why we fighting for equality. Common sense ain't common. Truth Hurts. Never waste time explaining to people who never supported u anyway. Free Game."
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In DeSean Jackson's initial post from the July 4 weekend that raised eyebrows for its anti-Semitic tone, a fake quote from Hitler said World War III would be started to stop White Jewish people in America from oppressing the Black community. Jackson reposted the fabricated quote on his Instagram story Monday with his clarification to some of the backlash. According to Snopes, the quote "originated in an unsourced article published by a disreputable web site, and which appears to loosely string together an entire ecosystem of impossibly farfetched and completely unsourced conspiracy theories."
In his initial Instagram video, Stephen Jackson pointed to a former Eagles receiver, Riley Cooper, who back in 2013 was caught on camera using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert after he wasn't allowed to go backstage. Cooper was fined for his comments before signing a five-year contract extension the next year.
Jackson said in his video: "But the same team had a receiver (Riley Cooper) … say (N word) publicly! They gave him an extension!"
Jackson played for 15 seasons in the NBA and won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2003. He played for BIG3 basketball's summer league as a member of the Killer 3's.
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