Stephen Jackson – Comments could have been clearer but had nothing to do with anti-Semitism

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Stephen Jackson apologized Wednesday night for using what he said were the “bad words” to defend DeSean Jackson, but the former NBA player told CNN that what he said the day before should not be misinterpreted as supporting anti-Semitism.”As I said for the first time when I got here, I could have changed my words,” Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon. “But there is nothing to say that I support all of this. There is nothing I said that I hate anyone. ”

Jackson received criticism throughout Wednesday for stating that DeSean Jackson “was telling the truth” with his social media posts in recent days, which included an anti-Semitic message he attributed to Adolf Hitler.

Stephen Jackson went to Instagram Tuesday night to defend the Eagles receiver, saying in part, “You know he doesn’t hate anyone, but he’s telling the truth of the facts he knows and trying to educate others. In the Instagram video, which was later deleted, Jackson didn’t mention Hitler or anti-Semitism, but he did talk about social injustice and police brutality and how “none of you owners of the NFL did not mention it. Jackson also spoke of Riley Cooper, the white receiver who yelled a racial slur at a black security guard during a 2013 Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper was fined by the Eagles and apologized , then was signed for a five-year extension by the team of the following year.

The Eagles called DeSean Jackson’s messages “absolutely appalling” on Tuesday. The receiver then apologized several times.

“Maybe I could have been clearer on what I thought DeSean was right, but I didn’t feel the need to get into a conversation that he and I had about how they were treating him and Riley Cooper, “said Stephen Jackson. CNN. “I could have changed those words, but the people who know me – my Jewish friends with whom I spoke today – they know that the last thing I spat was to defend Hitler or any other position. This is why I didn’t speak on Hitler or even speak on his post. I talked about exactly what I agreed with, and they treated him differently from what they handled Cooper. It is the end. They can twist it however they want, but that’s exactly what it is. I don’t hate anyone. ”

Jackson, who retired from the NBA in 2014 after playing 14 seasons and winning a championship with San Antonio in 2003, has been a voice for social activism since the death of his friend George Floyd in police custody of Minneapolis Memorial Day.

“I fought for justice and equality,” Jackson told CNN. “And I was talking about equality – why they didn’t manipulate Cooper and DeSean Jackson in any other way. Like I said, they can twist it however they want. You didn’t hear a word from my mouth say, ‘I hate the Jews.’ You did not hear a word from my mouth say: “I support Hitler”. They can twist it however they want. I don’t hate anyone. I defended everyone. I will continue. And this is just the end. ”

A former NBA analyst for ESPN, Jackson starred in Big3 in 2018 and 19 (the 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic) and is now helping to host the “All The Smoke” video podcast on Showtime.

Earlier on Wednesday, Showtime addressed Stephen Jackson’s first comments about DeSean Jackson.

“Whatever his intentions, Stephen’s comments were hurtful and incompatible with the values ​​defended by this network,” he said in a statement.

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