Stephen Jackson: George Floyd's death 'just destroyed me'
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Former NBA star Stephen Jackson has opened up about the death of his close friend George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.

Floyd, known to Jackson as his "twin," could be heard on video repeatedly saying "I can't breathe" while pinned to the ground with one officer's knee on his neck. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

In an interview with the "Today" show Thursday, Jackson spoke about how difficult it was for him to see the video of Floyd's final moments.

"I'm the type of guy, I get mad and I get into a full face of tears when I see a homeless man on the street that I can't help," Jackson said. "So, let alone my best friend on TV for the world to see getting killed over a fraud charge or a fake $20 bill, it just destroyed me, and I haven't been the same since I've seen it."

The four officers involved in the incident have been fired and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey is calling for charges to be filed against the officer who kneeled on Floyd.

Stephen Jackson: George Floyd's death 'just destroyed me'
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