'FARRAKHAN IS MY TEACHER' SPORTS STARS RALLY TO DEFEND ANTI-SEMITIC LEADER
Former professional athletes are proclaiming their love and allegiance to anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Shannon Sharpe, a former NFL player employed by Fox Sports, and Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player working as a podcaster for Showtime, both have a connections to the extremist Muslim leader.
In the past Farrakhan has labeled Jews as “satanic,” and lambasted interracial marriage, telling his followers it “mongrelized” the black race. He has also shown Nazi sympathies once saying, “Hitler was a very great man.”
After Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s propagating of outrageous anti-Jewish conspiracy theories on his social media, Sharpe and Jackson showed the public DeSean Jackson was far from alone.
One message DeSean Jackson spread to his 1.1 million Instagram followers was a phony Hitler quote saying that the Jews are keeping Americans from learning black people are “the real Children of Israel.”
On Wednesday Stephen Jackson stuck up for DeSean Jackson, saying he was telling “the truth” with his anti-Semitic theories: “He’s speaking the truth. You know he don’t hate nobody, but he’s speaking the truth of the facts that he knows and trying to educate others.”
“So I just read a statement that the Philadelphia Eagles posted regarding DeSean Jackson’s comments. He was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he’s speaking the truth. Right?” Stephen Jackson said in his Instagram video.
The former basketball player has promoted Farrakhan numerous times to the 900,000 people following his Instagram account.
Jackson also believes that Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates plan to “depopulate the Earth” with the vaccine for COVID-19, which was promoted in Farrakhan’s Independence Day speech.
“I will be there front and center. Nobody loves black people more and nobody has more knowledge about the things we need to be liberated. [Farrakhan] is educating me on how to be a great leader and how to develop the community,” Jackson posted on Instagram July 3rd.
On June 22 Stephen Jackson uploaded a photo of himself and Farrakhan to Instagram, followed up by two videos rationalizing his love for the radical head of the Nation of Islam.
“I love Minister Farrakhan and I learned so much in those two hours and I never heard him preach hate, or talk to hate, say hate about anybody to me,” Jackson told fans in a video on June 25th.
“Minister Farrakhan is my teacher. He’s embraced me and he’s teaching me a lot about my people and how to be a better leader,” he said in a follow-up video a few days later.
Chris DeBlasio, a Showtime executive, sent an email to the Daily Caller News saying: “We are aware of Stephen Jackson’s recent statements. Regardless of his intentions, Stephen’s comments were hurtful and inconsistent with the values espoused by this network.”
Sharpe raised eyebrows on Wednesday after he excused DeSean Jackson’s open promotion of Farrakhan as well.
“He’s [Farrakhan] has made it pretty clear over the years that he doesn’t like Jewish people. Is that fair to say?” Skip Bayless, a Fox Sports host, said lobbing a soft ball at Sharpe.
“Well, not from the conversation that I’ve had with the minister — he’s made it clear to anybody that sat down with him, he says he doesn’t,” Sharpe responded.
In a September 2018 episode of “The Undefeated,” the Fox Sports show that Bayless hosts alongside Sharpe, the former football player discussed his affiliation to Farrakhan.
Sharpe told viewers he planned on “passing out the Final Call,” the newspaper for Nation of Islam. “Me and Louis Farrakhan, the last of a dying breed,” Sharpe touted, before pointing out he and Farrakhan had the same part in their hair.
A pro- Nation of Islam Facebook page proudly posted Sharpe's comments in January.