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Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson preaching on a Los Angeles street corner (video)

Jul 8, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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As a rift grew between Mark Jackson and Warriors ownership, one issue was reportedly his refusal to move to the Bay Area. There were legitimate basketball reasons to fire Jackson, and I’m sure they played a part, but there was also a cultural divide (one I’m skeptical Joe Lacob did enough to overcome).

Jackson is the pastor of a Los Angeles church, and that’s a key reason he wouldn’t move. Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group:

Mark Jackson’s job isn’t just as a preacher. He doesn’t just work for a church. It’s HIS church. He and his wife is the heart of the church. That’s a traditional part of the black Christian experience.There are exceptions, of course. But generally, the preacher is the head (and often the founder) of the church. Just ride around in any inner-city neighborhood and look at the signs. You won’t see the names of the board of governors or the eldership. You’ll see a man, or a woman, because they run the show. It’s been that way for centuries. Most HBCU’s — the best of which is Clark Atlanta University! — are founded by churches and many of them were run the same way.Jackson has that same set up. Asking him to move midstream is not like asking a UPS worker to transfer. It’s not as simple as “You can preach in the Bay.” Lacob is asking him to give up his church. He is telling him to relocate his family to the Bay Area, meaning the lifeblood of that church, Jackson and his wife, are gone. That’s not a matter-of-fact thing.

You can see Jackson’s preaching in action:

And he explains just what he was doing:

I can see why Lacob and Jackson weren’t on the same page. To many, including myself, these street-corner preachers do nothing but block the sidewalk.

To Jackson, his mission is much more personal – and good for him. The slight inconvenience of passersby is no reason to stop if that’s what he believes is right.

The worldview Jackson shows in this video also shouldn’t prevent him from coaching an NBA team. I hope it didn’t.

  1. campcouch - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Not really sure what legitimate basketball reasons led to his ouster, but it seems like a good chunk of the team enjoyed his sermons away from basketball. Maybe the owners aren’t religious, some of the players may not be as well, but if he wasn’t disruptive and condemning people to an eternity of fire and brimstone,I can only shrug at it. Most of the players don’t live in the cities that they play for. They either enjoy a different climate or want to be around family and friends, why wouldn’t the coach feel that way? Average people who move due to work are somewhat forced to find new friends, but a person with the means to travel whenever they choose may not feel obligated to lay down roots in a new community, especially when he/she could be fired at the whim of their employer.

    • moseskkim - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      I respect that he shares his beliefs. He cares and has faith in life after death. Whether you or i agree, nothing wrong with expressing ones beliefs especially if he aint sentencing you to hell

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        I honestly believe a lot of these guys do it for the tax benefit and the power

      • therealhtj - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I wonder if the stripper he knocked up who ended up blackmailing him shares his beliefs?

        Ain’t no hypocrite like a bible-thumping hypocrite.

      • moseskkim - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        He who is without sin cast the first stone.. We all make mistakes. Yeah a preacher should be held to a higher standard for sure but its in the belief that if u confess and sincerely repent, Gods love and forgiveness cover the wrongdoing. If he continues to do that crap id lose big respect for him as a preacher but cant judge him myself cuz im full of those wrongdoings as wel

      • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Dude don’t be lazy how about you actually watch the video so you can bear witness to his intolerance as he denounces other faiths

      • wgward - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        That ISIS guy, who has recently taken over part of Iraq and Syria, likes to share his beliefs, too.

  2. spyder9669 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Not my thing but at least he’s not out rolling up dollar bills in a public restroom or drunk driving with with a drug lord street hustler. If what he’s doing changes just one persons life into something positive, then it shouldn’t be ridiculed.

    • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      Well said..and as a Clevelander I really agree with the 1st sentence..

    • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      But he did denounce other religions if you actually watch the video which is deplorable.

      • ranfan12 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        comes with the territory lol

      • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:30 AM


        this wouldn’t let me directly reply to you. The NBA is a global sport so it will be interesting to see if they view this as intolerance and/or offensive to other players and customers.

      • bdachan12 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        @trickybastard Sad to see so many people ok with someone on the street yelling about how all other religions are bogus except for the one he believes in.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      You know he was being blackmailed by a stripper he was banging right? I guess its do what I say, not what I do…

  3. jimsjam33 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Mark Jackson ,

    Let me know the next time you’re on that corner . I’ll be there . Good work .

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      Hahahaha. You would want to go hear this? I honestly can’t think of anything more boring and pointless

    • milimpilim - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Sherman Way & Reseda… The good old Valley. I love LA.

  4. msuspartan89 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Imagine if instead of them saying “IT’S JESUS! THERE IS NO OTHER!” they were shouting “ALLAH AKBAR!”.

    • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      I just left a similar comment. In the video he denounces all other religions and has his followers repeat in repetition. It is completely wrong and righteous to denounce another’s beliefs.

      • andreboy1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        Have you ever been to church or around reliigious people? That’s literally their favorite hobby. All they do is denounce other beliefs. My brother’s GF is Muslim and she does the same thing.

        Not that big of a deal.

      • sonnysuave - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        If you have a belief… it’s a given that you hold those virtues true, over other beliefs (that you believe to be false). Denouncing them is just verbalizing it. Nothing wrong with stating what you believe is true & false. There is a difference between this, and not respecting another’s beliefs.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        It is a big deal, because in Christianity, their holy book tells them to love everyone, even those who are sinners (which Christianity would teach you that other religions are). If you look at apostle Paul’s visit to Athens in the New Testament, he speaks articulately about the Greek religion by finding common ground between Christianity and Greek mythology, and focused positively on Jesus rather than denouncing other religions.

        Not to mention, the majority of religions today all are derived from the same God. Yahweh is the God of the Old Testament, and God is the same as Allah. Christians believe in Moses, just like Muslims believe in Jesus. The main differences between the religions is who they believe the Prophet of God is.

        So in other words, it is a big deal because essentially they are all the same religion, and their religions all teach them to respect other religions.

      • Aberam - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Serious question. Would you say the same thing if it was an agnostic saying that every religion is wrong?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Hell, Jesus’ wife was a prostitute. If people with different belief systems were ok with Jesus, they should be ok with Christians.

  5. lhollis74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    It’s very simple for me, if my employer who pays me millions to supervise(coach) 12-14 of his other employees who are also contractual bound investments, in addition to playing a significant role as coach of a billion dollar business that is a nba team. I think it’s absolutely fair for my employer to insist I live in the region that our franchise represents!
    If you can’t do the job, too bad, get out of the way lets someone else do it! I do not feel sorry for him in the least bit.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    Wow. What a lunatic

  7. jayquintana - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    I thought the Warriors made a mistake in firing him. I thought wrong. I can only imagine a non-religious person in the Warriors organization thinking, “will this guy just zip it and focus on the Xs and Os.”

    • bdachan12 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      There was a story about Doc Rivers when he was coaching in Orlando. The Orlando players had a tradition of prayer in the locker room before every game. One of the players was Muslim and he would just sit at his locker with his arms folded while the other prayed. Doc stopped the tradition because he saw it as dividing the locker room rather uniting it. The Muslim player appreciated it so much that he thanked and hugged Rivers afterwards. Religion should never be allowed in the workplace.

  8. titansbro - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Just what the world needs, more people telling us how they’re right & everyone else is wrong. How they have it all figured out & the rest of us are just lost sheep. I WOULD NOT play for this guy if he’s constantly preaching at me. Some would, & that’s fine. But not me.

    • azarkhan - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      “more people telling us how they’re right & everyone else is wrong”

      Those people are called Democrats.

      • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Uhh the far right use the religious moral high ground maybe you should try to be informed

  9. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Adults with imaginary friends may never cease being funny until they kill someone =-(

    • hdsnake867 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      As the great Jesse Ventura put it, “Religion is for weak-minded people who can’t think for themselves.” With hundreds of different religions in the world, they can’t all be right. No one can prove an unknown so that makes it all a big bucket of $hit. Live a good life and leave it at that. This much is certain; take the tax/money angle out of religion and there would be no more.

    • 6thsense10 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      What do you mean if I can’t do the job? Jackson coached the team to its best record in years and the players loved him. He got them to that record even with key players injured. So where did you come up with can’t do the job? So you are willing to let go of someone who is succeeding quite well at his job because he won’t live in the place you want him to? I see you would make a successful manager/owner…eye rolls

      • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        The Warriors acquired the best talent in the history of the franchise under Jackson’s tenure. Of course they had a good record! EYE ROLL … And he couldn’t do anything with it. It must be fun living in your simplistic world. Jackson was a failure. He was given the keys to a Ferrari but couldn’t find a gas station

  10. adoombray - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    He wasn’t blocking traffic. I don’t have a problem with it at all and don’t think that basketball ownership should have either. and this is coming from a Muslim (The Quran says to never insult the God of anyone who isn’t your enemy, so i turn the cheek that he doesn’t)

    • trickybastard - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Hey genius maybe you should actually watch the whole video. Your religion gets denounced at the 1:28 mark. This type of ntolerance has led to many horrible things for Muslims at the hands of extremist Christians in Eurooe for centuries

  11. misremembered72 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Do whatever you want if you’re not hurting other people.

    Unfortunately preaching religious intolerance hurts other people. It’s kind of how tons of wars in the world start.

  12. zerole00 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    If people wanted to be preached to, they can easily go to a church. Why annoy the rest of us who have no interest? It’s ridiculous that my headphones at full volume (or as full as it’ll get without destroying my ear drums) can’t drown out this stuff.

  13. imakcds - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    I have come to find that Christians are hated and persecuted because most people are afraid of what they will find out….about themselves.

    • zerole00 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Yeah how about no. Less frequent but still occasionally, I see Muslims preaching at a street corner too – they’re just as annoying. What Christians do have more than other religions is a stronger persecution complex, all the while trying to shove your religion down the throats of people who think it’s asinine that your savior is apparently the son of himself.

  14. mackcarrington - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Is he limping slightly?

  15. qdog112 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    He said it. Can’t serve two, so he’s not coaching anymore. No problem.

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