Stephen Jackson Defends DeSean Jackson Posting Anti-Semitic Messages

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Stephen Jackson the brother of George Floyd speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. The city has seen protests against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson has attempted to defend anti-Semitic posts by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, saying the NFL star was "speaking the truth." 

DeSean Jackson posted a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram account, saying Jews "will extort America" in their "plan for world domination."

He later deleted the post and apologized on social media for the "insensitive and ill-informed posts."

However, Stephen Jackson defended the posts Tuesday in a since-deleted Instagram video, via ESPN:

"So I just read a statement that the Philadelphia Eagles posted regarding DeSean Jackson's comments. 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."

The 42-year-old continued Wednesday with further anti-Semitic stereotypes, per The Athletic's Fred Katz:

"I could've changed my words," Jackson told CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday night, per ESPN.com:

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"As I first stated when I got on here, I could've changed my words. But there's nothing that said that I support any of that. There's nothing that I said that I hate anybody.

"Maybe I could've been more clear of what I thought DeSean was correct about, but I didn't feel the need to go into a conversation that me and him had about how they were treating him and Riley Cooper. I could've changed those words, but the people that know me -- my Jewish friends that I talked to today -- they know that the last thing I was spewing was to defend Hitler or any other post. That's why I didn't speak on Hitler or even speak on his post. I spoke on exactly what I agreed with, and they was handling him different than they was handling Cooper. That's the end of it. They can twist it how they want, but that's exactly what it is. I don't hate nobody.

"I've been out here fighting for justice and equality. And I was speaking on equality -- why they wasn't handling Cooper and DeSean Jackson any other way. Like I said, they can twist it how they want to. You didn't hear a word out of my mouth saying, 'I hate Jews.' You didn't hear a word out of my mouth saying, 'I'm supporting Hitler.' They can twist it how they want. I don't hate nobody. I've been standing up for everybody. I'mma continue to. And that's just the end of it."

Jackson spent 14 years in the NBA, last playing in 2013-14. He's taken on a key role in the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd, who was a longtime friend of his, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

"It just destroyed me. I haven't been the same since I seen it," he said on the Today show in May of the video of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd told him he couldn't breathe.

He currently contributes to the All The Smoke podcast alongside fellow NBA veteran Matt Barnes.

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