If you followed the NBA in the 2000s, you know Stephen Jackson isn’t the kind of guy you want to mess with.
Often tangled up in controversies and physical altercations — both on and off the court — his reputation preceded him for years.
It’s been a while since we last saw him in the league, but Jackson’s temper was once again on full display, this time during a boxing event.
Following Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s win over Jermell Charlo, the former NBA champion had a bit of a run-in with security.
Now, Jackson explains that he did cut off Canelo’s family to get out of there because he had already been nice and patient enough to wait for 30 people to go out (via Ball is Life).
Stephen Jackson on why he cut off Canelo's family & got into an argument with security.
"I was respectful enough to let 30 people pass. I'm not finna sit there & let 70 pass because you want them to pass…Bet you won't put your hands on nobody no more." pic.twitter.com/ybhX9DM21u
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 2, 2023
He added that he didn’t want to wait until 70 people passed just because he wanted his all brass out of there, stating that things don’t work that way and that everybody needs to be somewhere else.
That’s classic Stephen Jackson right there.
Jackson was a harsh trash-talker and a fierce, physical competitor on the court, not to mention a standout, loyal teammate who would go to war for each and every one of the guys in his locker room.
Unfortunately, that also made him look pretty bad multiple times, often resorting to rather violent behavior.
Now, the former champion has one of the most prominent NBA-related podcasts, All The Smoke, side by side with fellow troublemaker Matt Barnes, and you better believe they’re going to address this incident in the next episode.NEXT: Mark Jackson Is Reportedly Landing A Job With NBA Franchise