*Retired NBA player Stephen Jackson is speaking out about the death of his friend George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who was murdered in broad daylight by an officer who pinned him to the ground and crushed the life out of him with a knee on his neck.
Jackson, 42, and Floyd are longtime friends from Houston, Texas, and the pair were so close that they called each other “twin,” per PEOPLE.
In a series of emotional Instagram posts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jackson spoke of the tragedy.
“This what I gotta wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man, we called each other ‘twin,’ bro,” Jackson said in one clip, noting that Floyd had recently moved to Minnesota to be a truck driver.
“I had just sent him up two or three boxes of clothes. My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man. Y’all went and killed my brother,” Jackson continued. “I’m on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. I can’t let this ride, dog. Y’all not going to be mad until this hits your front door. Bullsh—.”
Floyd sent Jackson several photos of him wearing the clothes he had gifted him.
“All u wanted to do was stay fly and be great,” Jackson captioned one of the images “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.”
The athlete continued, “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. F— dat.”
Hey yall look into this. The Twitter streets saying this isn’t his first time killing people. Also, the call about a bad check came from Cup Supermarket. Who made that call is what we need to know! pic.twitter.com/HfSUPsgyJL
— Howdy (@missjazzey1) May 27, 2020
The four police officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday.
“Jail time and Losing Jobs ain’t enough this time. We need his kids taking care of and harsh penalties not no light jail time,” Jackson said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
In another post, he noted Floyd’s support of his NBA career, “Where we from not many make it out but my Twin was happy I did,” he wrote alongside a photo with Floyd and some others. “I’m gonna continue to make u proud fam. It makes me so angry that after all the things u been through when u get to your best self that they take u out like this. F— Rest Easy Twin.”
Mayor Jacob Frey has called for Officer Derek Chauvin, who murdered Floyd, to be charged. The FBI has also launched an investigation into his death.