Stephen Jackson mourns loss of close friend George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson poured his heart out on social media as he mourned the death of close friend George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody Monday.
The 46-year-old Floyd’s death sparked a nationwide controversy and led to four police officers’ firing and protests in Minneapolis.
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Floyd, who Jackson called “Twin” because of their similar resemblance, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and played football and basketball at Yates High School. Floyd, who played tight end, had three catches in Yates’ loss to Temple in the 1992 Class 5A state championship game at the University of Texas’ Memorial Stadium.
Jackson, who is four years younger than Floyd, grew up in Port Arthur. He made 12 Instagram posts about Floyd on Tuesday including them hanging out together and photos Floyd had sent from Minneapolis.
"This is what I gotta wake up to, huh?,” Jackson said in an Instagram video Tuesday morning. "This is what I gotta wake up to. Floyd was my brother, man. We called each other ‘Twin,’ bruh. Everybody knows me and Floyd 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 two, three boxes of clothes. My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man, and y'all go kill my brother, man. I'm on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do, can't let this ride, dog. Y'all not going to be mad until it hits your front door."
Jackson also posted photos Floyd had sent him of him wearing clothes Jackson had shipped to Minneapolis for him.
“All u wanted to do was stay fly and be great,” Jackson posted with one of the photos. “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. 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. 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.”
Jackson, who won a state championship at Port Arthur Lincoln High School in 1995, played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Spurs, Hawks, Pacers, Warriors, Bobcats, Bucks and Clippers.
Browse through the photos at the top of the page for a look at some of Stephen Jackson's Instagram tributes to his friend George Floyd.