Scottie Pippen isn’t afraid to let it all out and he recently made some big accusations about against Phil Jackson. Now Jackson has several coming to his defense, including Stephen A Smith.
Pippen asserted that Jackson gave Steve Kukoc a game winning shot because he is white. That remark caused both Pippen and Jackson’s name to trend as a lot of fans called Pippen out for this bold statement.
A lot of Twitter users dragged Pippen a bit over that statement, and Stephen A Smith had a good amount to chime in with as well. He approached this subject with respect, but then grilled Pippen a bit during First Take for that statement about his former coach.
“I respect Scottie — six-time champion, all-time great player,” he said. “I think this is one of the stupidest, most idiotic things he’s ever said or done. … Twenty-seven years later, Phil Jackson’s a racist? The same Phil Jackson that coached you, that coached MJ? That coached guys like Bill Cartwright and B.J. Armstrong, and others, and Stacey King and all these guys? The same Phil Jackson that coached Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant?”
It’s really hard to call Phil Jackson a racist, but that is not what Scottie Pippen really said. He merely implied that there were racial reasons behind Jackson’s decision making process. People read between the lines in a hurry and are calling Scottie out because it is really hard to picture that statement as an accurate one.
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