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Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: September 2, 2011 11:25 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

A few weeks ago, Warren Braithwaite was arrested. For what? Something about running a massive criminal organization specializing in a massive drug ring. No big.

Why is this important though? Well, because Braithwaite is friends with a lot of important people. Jamie Foxx, Lady Gaga and what makes this NBA news -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson. Such good friends that Braithwaite was a guest of honor at Jackson's introductory press conference with the Warriors.

Not that Jackson was involved in any of these shenanigans, but he's definitely linked to a drug lord. Finally, via the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson explained his ties:

“At the end of the day, Brother Warren doesn’t have a relationship with Mark Jackson, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors,” Jackson said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He wouldn’t say, ‘Mark Jackson, my friend’ or ‘Mark Jackson, my coach.’

“He would say, ‘Pastor Mark, my spiritual father…’ “

“In fairness to me, as a pastor, I’m going to be linked to drug dealers, drug addicts, liars and fornicators,” Jackson said. “The church is a place for sick people to be healed. I’m going to help them, but I’m not going to co-sign on their troubles.”

Two things: I like that Mark Jackson refers to himself in third person and yes, if you didn't know by now, Jackson is a pastor.

And Jackson's comments are entirely spot on. As a pastor, it's his job to make acquaintances with everyone, no matter what their background is, no matter what they're doing. It's part of the job.

We've all seen "The Wire" and how the deacon associates with everyone around whether it be drug dealers, hitmen, crooked politicians or prostitutes. Part of the gig. No different for Jackson and while it's unfortunate his acquaintance is tied up in such an ugly mess, it doesn't have anything to do with him.

Via PBT
Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:18 am
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

Well Mark Jackson I'm sure Goldstate is thinking the same thing - we hired a head coach not a pastor.  It's great that Mark Jackson helps out those in need outside of the NBA but let's see if this sits well with the Warriors.  He can do both but will there be a conflict of interest considering he is under the Golden State "Brand".  Hell the Warriors players are no angels and maybe having a pastoro and coach will take them to the next level.  .500 basketball.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

Playing the old religious card hey MY? Nice cover and front. In fairness to me, as a pastor, I’m going to be linked to drug dealers, drug addicts, liars and fornicators,”   That is like a pharmacist who samples his own product justifying it because he is around it all day. Nice try.




Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

I hope its that easy. But, the definition of "harm" may not be so clear in many instances.
I hate to even imply that I don't trust MJ, but it is interesting to consider.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

Easy answer.  If the player comes to him at work he has a duty to inform management.  If the player asks to meet with him as a preist, and they step away from the team to discuss.... then he may use the preacher role to withhold the information from management.  This is assuming of course that the things the player talks about do not harm the player or anyone on the team.  In that case as a preacher he has duty to the player and team to let them know about the impending danger.



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

I love MJ as a player, and as an announcer. But...what happens if he becomes aware of a crime - drug dealing/use by player, game-fixing, etc - that affects his team, integrity of league, etc. - in his role as a pastor and chooses (rightfully?) not to inform management, league, etc as a coach is supposed to.  Does he have built-in excuse to not reveal these type of things? I don't know the answer, and I don't question his integrity whatsoever, but I would be curious to know what the league's view on this is. If someone he was pastor to confesses to him within the realm of the church that he was dealing drugs to players, would he notify the league, as he is required to?



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:36 am
 

Mark Jackson explains link to alleged drug lord

Bravo to Mark Jackson for being a stand up man.

Great read



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