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Stephen Jackson apologizes for threatening Serge Ibaka

Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT


We told you on Saturday about the not-so-kind words that the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson posted to his Twitter account after Friday night’s game between the Lakers and the Thunder.

Serge Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up late in the contest while battling for rebounding position, and this apparently reminded Jackson of similar encounters he’s had with Ibaka in the past.

So, naturally, he issued a warning to Ibaka as only Jackson could. Here it is, word for word, and exactly as Jackson spelled it out.

“Somebody tel serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.”

The thoughts from Jackson come across as menacing at best, and threatening at worst.

Jackson posted an apology to his Instagram page on Sunday, the same place he posted a clarification after the initial remarks that this issue was personal between him and Ibaka, and wasn’t about defending his former teammate from his days in Indiana.

“I apologize to [Serge Ibaka], the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.”

It’s impossible to know whether Jackson himself came to the conclusion that he erred in judgment, or whether someone he works with or an advisor let him know that the league might come down on him for this, and that posting an apology was a good idea. This one is written much more cleanly, and without any slang or spelling errors, so it’s probably not a stretch to guess that he may have had some assistance.

Either way, apologizing was the right thing to do. And we won’t have to wait very long to see if Jackson harbors any bad intentions, since the Spurs and the Thunder face each other on Dec. 17.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Serge would smash Stephen Jackson…

  2. roseann894 - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    This puts the lie to the idea that the Spurs are such a highly “professional” organization.

    • savvybynature - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      Spurs just took the initiative to fine Jackson a reported $25,000.

      This puts the lie to the idea that your opinion on the Spurs organization is relevant.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    The apology is bare minimum. But when bad actions continue for years it is hard to consider it sincere.

  4. letangusespertplus - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Apologized before He had to face him again. Dude is bitchmade. Artest only throws blows to people not looking. See The back of Hardens head for evidence of his child like toughness. Glad Jackson sticks up for his butt buddy Artest. Maybe they go in each others mouths.

  5. dgforreal - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Artest always does that weird stuff like he did with Ibaka the other night. Ibaka was trying to get away from him and Artest held him trying to start some ****.

  6. adeedothatswho - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I love that he added ‘only a man can admit when he’s wrong’. Good to praise yourself when apologizing for being an idiot.

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Apology not accepted. Words mean nothing when not backed up by actions. I hope the Spurs release him so he can go back to runnin da streetz

  8. jmclarkent - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    When comparing the two tweets, it’s amazing how his spelling and grammer has improved. Either…

    A. He was drunk when he posted the first one.
    B. Someone in PR wrote that and e-mailed it to him with a subject line reading “Post this NOW!”

  9. 32magicman - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    ‘Im going in his mouth’…… Going to the toilet?! Wtf

    • jmclarkent - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      I believe that is called a “Blumpkin”.

  10. savvybynature - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    It was a foolish thing to tweet, and he’s been fined by the team and made to apologize. He isn’t the first athlete to do this, and he won’t be the last.

    I get the criticism, but don’t understand the focus on grammar. A threat is a threat regardless of grammar, dialect or spelling, and some of the comments, including Brett’s insinuation that Stephen Jackson is incapable of making a grammatically-correct statement, seem ignorant. How many people really use proper grammar when there is a character limit anyway?

  11. stairwayto7 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Jackson is a racist!

  12. allen227 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    I wish Serge would whip his a$$… He’s a thug.

  13. jerdogthompson - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Why apologize I ask? Why apologize for something u obviously want to do? Makes as much sense as the original tweet. Either do it or not, don’t need your tweet dip. Rather see it on ESPN highlights or should I say low lights?

  14. broncosfan29 - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    keep on living that “thug life” mr.jackson

  15. progress2011 - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Something about grown men and testosterone ! There will always be fights….that’s our primal nature.

    Ya’ll DORKS can attempt to clean it up all you like BUT the fact remains, over the course of humanity, humans have enjoyed violence.

    EX: I guess the ENTIRE Hockey league is a bunch of “THUGS” ! They fight EVERYGAME and EVERYNITE ….but the clandestine use of “THUGS” is only reserved for the NBA…….hmmmmmmm !

    Ancient Romans had gladiator contests where participants fought to the death and human beings were thrown to the lions and other beastly animals.

    That brutal history is rewarded honorably now, with movies, books, statues and monuments that ran those “civilizations”………guess that’s not barbaric and definitely not “THUGGISH”.

    We won’t even start to discuss the “THUGS” that historically ran European nations…..WOW…talk about “THUGS” !

    In light of some of the brutal “THUGGISH” history of some of previously mentioned categories…..I’m Rollin with Steven Jackson and his version of verbal “THUG-LIFE” . One where he just talks the part.

    • letangusespertplus - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      First off hockey is a contact sport. Basketball in no way touches the physicality involved in hockey. It’s not even close. This is a sport where touching a person in the shooting motion is considered a foul.

      It’s not fair to compare a man getting checked into the boards at a high rate of speed to someone putting their finger on your forearm when you are throwing a ball.

      Second. Jackson had no involvement in the situation with Artest and Ibaka, so what is he even talking about? Plus he didn’t do anything before so what makes you so sure he would do something now?

      Third. Jackson is a bitch. He grew up on the mean streets of Houston. I’m sure its comparable to the Congo.

  16. matthiasbeezy - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Glad he posted an apology but you know how the old saying goes, “You can take Stak 5 out of PA, but you can’t take the PA out of Stak 5.”

    By the way, by “PA” I’m referring to Port Arthur, TX, not Pennsylvania. Ain’t no real G’s in Pennsylvania.

  17. progress2011 - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM


    Obviously you can’t read ….comprehend or both !

    1. I’m not talking about, checking someone into the board….I’m talking about the hockey THUGS taking off their gloves, the ref clears out and the two square off and fight like ANIMALS.

    2. You attempted to clean it up or didn’t comprehend what I said or you don’t know that FIGHTING is not an official part of the rule book in hockey. aka Boxing or MMA.

    3. Football, Rugby even soccer are also “contact sports” where guys get checked.

    4. Please tell me you do know the difference between a hand check, body check etc vs a right cross.

    5. But then again, maybe you don’t know the difference or you have trouble admitting, hockey players are biggest THUGS in any other sport….they just don’t get stereotyped as such….hmmmmmm !

    Why the double standard !!!! No need to answer, it’s really not a question !

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