Stephen Jackson recently spoke to The Shade Room about his thoughts on Sha'Carri Richardson being suspended from competing in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana.
Jackson explained, "Why should we even be a part of the Olympics, representing a country that don't love us?" Jackson stated that reparations have been given to other groups, but not Black people. He also pointed to Congress stalling and not acting on an anti-lynching act.
This comes amid criticism Jackson is facing for defending ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols after a recording leaked of Nichols talking about her colleague Maria Taylor, calling Taylor a "diversity hire" after she was awarded the hosting job at NBA Countdown during the 2020 Finals.
Jackson reacted to the video, stating, "We all ramble and we say things when we’re frustrated, and Rachel did deserve that job, it’s just plain and simple, I’ve talked to Rachel and I know a lot of things she was saying out of frustrations because ESPN put her in a bad position and they even put Maria in a bad position by trying to give Maria a sympathy job, they were trying to make themselves look good because of the Black lives Matt and the George Floyd stuff was going on."