Stephen Jackson Interview – KD, Shaq being a mentor, dissed by 2Chainz, brawl & almost getting killed at a strip club

I had to get plastic surgery on my lips with no anesthesia, with all my teeth gone. Can you imagine how painful that is?

There’s a few athletes you can always expect a great interview from but most of that comes from entertainment value and the athlete saying controversial things that makes them look ignorant or just an ahole.   Some might consider Stephen Jackson an ass but he’s also considered one of the best teammates and friends you could ever have on your side.   He says controversial things only because telling the truth about taboo topics is considered controversial.

Stephen Jackson aka Stak5 recently sat down with ESPN’s Chris Palmer for a great interview discussing his collaboration with Kevin Durant and how he wants to protect KD’s image, Shaq being a mentor, getting dissed by 2Chainz, the Palace brawl and the strip club incident where he was hit by a car going 45mph and stuck a gun in a guy’s face.


How did “Lonely at the Top,” the collabo with Kevin Durant, come about?

Over the summer Kevin came down to my hometown with Kendrick Perkins. He had heard my stuff and was telling me he could rap too. He was talking about all these bars he had, so we exchanged numbers.

Shortly after, I sent him a track I had for him to rap on. Some time passed and he didn’t send it back. Then I saw him rapping on WorldStar online and he could actually flow.

At that point I really wanted him to record his verse and send the song back, which he did.

What rappers are you tight with?

I used to be tight with 2 Chainz, but now that he’s blown up we really don’t speak that much.

What’s up with him not being on your album?

I’m kind of upset that he’s not on my album since he was one of my closest friends. I texted him that I had this beat for him and I wanted him to be on it so I sent it to him.

He got back to me and said it probably won’t get done until next year because he was so busy. I didn’t take that well at all.

I was just like: Go in there, record it and send it back to me. I know when you’re signed to a label you have to get stuff cleared, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been a problem. Well, it is what it is.

What do you think of all the other athlete rappers?

Well, 98 percent of them have been terrible. The only one I can give credit to is Shaq. He went platinum. But he’s a big guy. It’s hard to swag that out and he did it.

Are you close with Shaq?

Yeah, for real. When I talk to Shaq, it gives me confidence. He texts me all the time that I can do it.

Every once in a while he’ll send me a text quoting one of my lines. He’s probably my inspiration and my mentor as far as rapping, besides Bun B and Killa Corleone.

Do you regret the Palace brawl?

No. Because the idea of Ron laying in the stands unconscious with all his teeth knocked out … no way. That whole arena was against and I didn’t have it in my heart not to do anything.

So what happened with the strip club incident?

I was there with Jamaal and some friends just for a night of fun and everything was cool. At the end of the night, I was in my car ready to leave.

Then I seen Jamaal walk out of the club with some guy walking behind him with hands in his back pocket like he was fixing to shoot him.

I hopped out of my car with my gun. I had a gun license at the time so it was all good. People think I was shooting up the place willy-nilly, but my gun was registered.

I saw the guy with his hand in his pocket so I cocked my gun and put it in his face. I slapped him with the gun and we got to fighting before I realized they had planned to jump Jamaal.

I’ve been in too many club fights not to know what’s going on. I’m not going to get hit from behind, stomped out and just be laying there. So all of a sudden all these cars pull up and I let off a couple warning shots, like telling everyone to back up.

After that had happened, dude had jumped in his car and planned on trying to kill me. He hit me with his car. He drove straight into me and I flipped up in the air and landed face-first on the ground and knocked all my teeth out.

I hopped right up and lit his whole car up. I didn’t think twice because I’m figuring he tried to smoke Jamaal.

This is not an everyday situation. Were you worried that you could have killed somebody?

No, because he tried to kill me. I knew it was self-defense. He hit me with his car at 45 mph in the parking lot. He tried to kill me. I was cool. I didn’t have one drink that night.

As I was walking to my car and he was coming straight for me, I’m glad I was sober where I could think, and I just turned sideways. I hit the windshield and flipped up in the air; then I hit the ground.

I had to get plastic surgery on my lips with no anesthesia, with all my teeth gone. Can you imagine how painful that is?

You can read the full ESPN interview with Chris Palmer here


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