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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson posted a great, inspiring video on Instagram on Wednesday recounting a confrontation he had at the gym.
Jackson explained that while working out, he overheard an “older white man” talking about the gorilla that was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo when a four-year-old fell into its enclosure.
According to Jackson, another man then said, “They shot Serena [Williams]? Serena got shot?” and began laughing.
Jackson said he debated whether he should say something before confronting the man.
“I don’t know Serena, I’ve never met her in my life,” Jackson said. “But I straight-up told homeboy, ‘I heard you, and it’s wrong.'” Jackson said the man tried to apologize and say it was a joke.
“Ain’t no joke,” Jackson continued. “Serena don’t look like a gorilla, and none of us do. With that being said, that s— ain’t cool; I had to address it. I’m far from being racist because I love everybody, but I felt like I had to say something. That s— ain’t cool and that’s what’s wrong with the world today. But you never know who’s listening.”
Watch Jackson’s entire post below (warning: explicit language):