Ex-NBA player, ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson remembers ‘twin’ George Floyd on social media

Among those outraged over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, former NBA player Stephen Jackson is dealing with the loss of a friend. 

According to Jackson's social media activity Tuesday, he and Floyd grew up in the same Houston, Texas neighborhood. 

"This is what I gotta wake up to, huh?" a visibly emotional Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. "This is what I gotta wake up to. Floyd was my brother, man. We called each other "Twin," bruh. Everybody know 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 you front door."

Floyd, a black 46-year-old, died after a white police officer knelt on his head and neck while arresting him. On Tuesday, four Minneapolis police officers were fired for their involvement.

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Twin. I promise I won’t let this BS ride. Already talked to @shaunking. Anybody from Houston/ Cuney Homes u know this was my brother. Can’t let this ride. All hands on deck. Rest Easy Twin. #3rd #MinnesotaRacistAssCops

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These days the only crime U get killed for is Being Black. Rest Easy Twin. Starting tight end 92. Made it to state championship. Bruh wasn’t no bum. Had hoop game too. U will know who Floyd was. Nobodies perfect but Floyd was loved by everybody when he’s friends wasn’t. Just the facts u gotta be from HTown to know what I’m saying. Rest Easy Twin we riding for ya.

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The love is diff when u really wanna see your brother win. Twin was really living through me. He was talented in 2 sports and the difference between me and bro was I had more opportunity than he did. 2 things we have in common both from the bottom and both of our names will live forever. U will remember the name George Floyd. Love u twin. Rest Easy. Love to all who have love for all ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾✊🏼✊🏽✊. I mean that

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Video posted online by a bystander has led to many athletes across all sports to once again speak out about racial injustice and police brutality. 

"The love is diff when u really wanna see your brother win. Twin was really living through me," Jackson wrote in another post's caption. "He was talented in 2 sports and the difference between me and bro was I had more opportunity than he did. 2 things we have in common both from the bottom and both of our names will live forever. U will remember the name George Floyd. Love u twin. Rest Easy."

Two of Jackson's posts were yearbook shots of Floyd, one in a football jersey and one in a tuxedo. He also posted a screenshot of a recent comment Floyd left on a different post of his. 

"My twin gettin it done," Floyd wrote. "If only you guys knew our history." 

Jackson played for eight teams during a 14-year NBA career and won the 2003 NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs. He is currently a NBA analyst for ESPN studio shows.

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