"Is this a court or is this a cotton field?"
That question has, in essence, been posed by a number of NBA luminaries in the days since Donald Sterling's racially charged remarks hit the Internet and commissioner Adam Silver subsequently banned him from the league for life. Stephen Jackson, though, is the only one who's done so in lyrical form.
Jackson, a 14-year league veteran who's long dabbled in the world of hip-hop, released his latest track entitled "America Da Beautiful" on Friday, following an announcement on Twitter and Instagram.
The song itself, which Jackson passed along to Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher, offers a scathing criticism of Sterling, likening the longtime owner to a slave owner on a plantation and a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
"Dear Mr. Sterling, here's a speech for you/I had a dream the Klan had a sheet for you," Jackson says in the song—which you can listen to below—comparing Sterling's comportment to that of the notorious white supremacist organization.
"Floor seats next to his Lupita/Sneak into slave quarters just to meet her," Jackson says, in reference to Sterling's relationship with V. Stiviano, his multiracial mistress.
Stiviano was responsible for recording—allegedly at Sterling's behest, via ESPN.com—the conversation of hers with Sterling that landed the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul in hot water. Stiviano, though, claims that she wasn't the one who leaked the audio that found its way to TMZ and Deadspin last Saturday.
Toward the end of the track, Jackson ditches the rhythmic form to share his thoughts on the situation. "The best part of my career was being able to play with a lot of guys from different countries, different places, different races. That was the best part about it."
Jackson's played for eight different teams as a pro, including the Clippers, with whom he played nine games across two separate 10-day contracts during the 2013-14 season. A member of the San Antonio Spurs' 2003 championship team and the 2006-07 "We Believe" Golden State Warriors, Jackson played sparingly in L.A., averaging 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.
Like the vast majority of NBA affiliates who've shared their thoughts on Sterling publicly in the last week, Jackson applauded Silver for banning Sterling from all league-related activities for life, fining him $2.5 million and urging the league's Board of Governors to push him out.
However, Jackson cautioned that the commissioner's actions do not constitute a satisfactory resolution to the situation in and of themselves.
"Salute to Commissioner Silver for doing the right thing, but it ain't over 'til his family completely, completely sells the team. I say, completely sells the team. The team is no longer in his family's name," Jackson says, in reference to the possibility that Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly, could try to keep the franchise in her family's control.
Jackson's song was released on the same day that Sterling offered his first public comments on the controversy. "I wish I had just paid her off," Sterling told Du Jour's Jason Binn, in reference to Sterling's ongoing legal battle with Stiviano over gifts given to his mistress during their since-terminated affair.
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