INDEFENSIBLE

Stephen Jackson’s defense of DeSean Jackson proves he’s the ultimate hypocrite

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Former NBA champion and frequent ESPN NBA contributing analyst Stephen Jackson has been an uplifting voice in the wake of the murder of his childhood friend George Floyd. Jackson has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement yet has tarnished all the good he has done by defending DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic Adolph Hitler post on Instagram and continuing to come out and double down on his support of the post.

I'm not a genius but I think it goes without saying that anytime you are quoting Hitler, a man responsible for killing 6 million people, you are in the wrong but hey not according to Jackson. Stephen Jackson said on his Instagram that DeSean Jackson's statements were "speaking the truth" and said that DeSean didn't say anything wrong at all. Stephen Jackson went on to say that "the Jews are the richest" and asked an Instagram follower if he knows "who the Rothschilds are?… They control all the banks. They own all the banks." Jackson spouting off untrue stereotypes exposes him for the anti-Semitic hypocrite he is. Jackson also came out and showed his "love" for Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan is a leader of the Nation of Islam and has made numerous anti-Semitic claims in the past.

How can you be a leader in a social equality movement and support anti-Semitism? It's one thing to not condemn it, that's about as hypocritical as it gets but to support it and perpetuate hurtful Jewish stereotypes? How does Stephen Jackson think he's helping to promote any meaningful change in this country? Stephen Jackson should be ashamed of himself and ESPN should think twice about ever giving him a platform again.

Either we are all against hatred and injustice in the country, or we aren't. We don't get to selectively choose what to be outraged about. I know people whose family members were ripped out of their homes, forced to work in concentration camps, and were gassed during the holocaust, so I find anyone defending a quote from Hitler reprehensible and you should too.

At least DeSean Jackson apologized and showed remorse. He deserves a second chance to make up for his actions. However, Stephen Jackson's comments are disgraceful to everyone in our country trying to fight against hate, racism, and bigotry, and if you defend Stephen Jackson in any way you are part of the problem.

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Astros return to form in win over Angels at home

Cristian Javier was impressive Thursday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Hoping to avoid spiraling further out of control, the Astros turned the page from their disappointing road trip and the recent stretch of games. They hoped to start this new homestand on a good note, welcoming in the Angels for four games of this eight-game stint at Minute Maid Park.

Houston would get the much-needed win, with their offense coming alive early in the game to put up big innings, which they rode to the victory thanks in part to a great start by Cristian Javier.

Final Score: Astros 8, Angels 2

Astros' Record: 8-10, fifth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Cristian Javier (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Alex Cobb (1-1)

Astros' offense starts clicking early

Houston would grab the early momentum, despite leaving the bases loaded in the first inning. They would get a leadoff double by Aledmys Diaz in the bottom of the second, followed by an RBI triple by Myles Straw to jump in front 1-0. They made it a three-run inning, with an RBI by Carlos Correa then a bases-loaded RBI-walk by Yuli Gurriel, though for consecutive innings would leave three runners stranded on base.

Correa drove in another in the bottom of the next inning, getting an RBI single to push the lead to four runs, then would come in on a two-run single by Alex Bregman, who made it 6-0. That set things up nicely for Cristian Javier, who was on the mound trying to take advantage of the opportunity for another start.

Javier has an electric start



Javier was electric over the first three innings, including getting eight of the first nine outs by strikeout while allowing only a walk and double during that span. He would have longer innings in the next two, but in both cases would keep the Angels off the board, finishing in line for the win. His final line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 98 P.

Houston gets the much-needed win

Meanwhile, Houston's offense kept scoring. They pushed the lead two runs further over the fourth and fifth, getting a run in each with another RBI each for Straw and Bregman. With Javier's night done, Bryan Abreu was first out of the Astros bullpen, and despite allowing a controversial two-run home run to Albert Pujols, of all people, that looked to be a foul ball, got through the inning.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the seventh but would get just one out while hitting a batter and allowing a single before Dusty Baker brought in Brooks Raley to face the heavy left-handed part of the Angels lineup. Raley would get through it, sending things to the seventh-inning stretch with the six-run lead intact.

Raley would get another out before Joe Smith would finish that inning in the top of the eighth. Ryan Pressly, who has been starved for work lately with no save opportunities, would close things out in the ninth as Houston would start this series off with a win.

Up Next: Game two of this four-game set will be another 7:10 PM start on Friday night. Andrew Heaney (1-1, 5.65 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels, while Zack Greinke (2-1, 2.81 ERA) will look to repeat the success of his last start; an eight-inning shutout performance for the Astros.

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