Currently without a team in the NBA after being unceremoniously cut by the San Antonio Spurs just before the NBA playoffs, Stephen Jackson’s NBA career is at a crossroads. Always candid, always prideful (perhaps to a fault), and always willing to open up to those that will listen, Jackson was recently on ESPN’s Highly Questionable and answered some questions straight up about his troubled youth, how loyalty has landed him in trouble at times, and even the strip club gun incident back in his days with Indiana.
Immortalized for his infamous involvement during ‘04s Malice At The Palace, the NBA veteran was asked about fighting the fans, and hilariously openly admits that it “felt good” to go into the stands and land some blows on hecklers:
All the racial slurs I dun heard, all the things I heard about my mom...It felt good to punch a fan one time. I regret it, cause I lost $3 million behind it and almost lost my job...the $3 million, that’s all
I didn’t get to do what I really could do, I was held back a lot. I got way more than what I showed, trust me...you have a better time fighting somebody that fight you back
Jackson then recalls the story of how him, and the other players involved in the brawl were sitting in the locker room all cut up, and jacked up on adrenaline, and Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) asked in earnest if he thought they would get in trouble:
We in the locker room, so we’re sitting there, legs all scratched up hopping over the bleachers...we all sit back and Ron Artest...and asks us, “Do you think we’re gonna get in trouble?”
I say, “Ron, trouble? You lucky we still have a job!”
The former Indiana Pacer even touches on the time that he fired a gun outside a strip club with then teammate Jamal Tinsley, and how people forget that he was struck by a car during the melee:
Even when I was helping Jamal Tinsley in Indiana in the incident with the gun at the strip club. My heart was in the right place...I actually had a gun license. What people don’t realize, I got hit by a car...all my teeth were gone...I’m the one that almost died, but at the end of the day, I was helping a teammate.
Watch the full interview as it is chock-full of incredible stories from Jackson’s playing days, and some ill advised decisions he made growing up. He also lists some members of his “Back Alley Team,” players he would want having his back in a fight.