For many young hoopers, the NBA has been a platform for making their dreams come true. Over the years, we’ve seen a host of NBA stars manage to make it out of the streets and into the league because of their God-given basketball skills.
A visit to his old block
Jackson, who has often been vocal about his past life in the streets, recently pulled up to O' Block. Some may have already heard about it, but O' Block is a block at South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, which is said to be the most dangerous area in all of Chicago.
Earlier this week, Jackson “checked in” on the area and went live on social media as he hung around some young locals who were apparently representing O-Block.
The 44-year-old appeared thrilled to have visited the area and even bragged about being able to do so while others couldn’t.
“One thing about it, if you a real one, you don’t mind checkin’ in,” Jackson said in the video. “I’m on O-Block…I couldn’t be out here in Chicago and not tap in with the real ones. That’s why I’m the realest. I’m out here, on the block. With my jewelry on, n*gga! You can’t come out here if you don’t check in with the locals. I don’t give a f*ck what block you go to, if from there ain’t on the block, you not welcome. F*ck you mean! We do this sh*t the G way! We under the old law, not the new law…I pull up and take pictures and y’all not allowed to.”
A not-so-unexpected backlash
While some may have seen Jackson’s act as tough and hard, others were dismayed. As a result, the NBA champion was bashed on social media with a Twitter user telling him to “go be a family man.”
Indeed, no one has the right to judge. But given the area’s reputation and Jackson’s age, those who criticized him may also have a point after all.