Stephen Jackson on Steve Francis Altercation: 'My Hand Ended Up on His Throat'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

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Do not invite Stephen Jackson and Steve Francis to your next tupperware party. It has to be one or the other.

While at a nightclub, Jackson, who apparently raps under the name "Stak 5," got into a mysterious altercation with Francis. BlackSportsOnline has a video of the scene, but it contains extremely NSFW language. Watch it there at your own peril.

The video shows Jackson essentially choking Francis, leaving us all to ask the same question: Why?

During an appearance on ESPN's Highly Questionable, Jackson discussed the situation but was unable to provide any details on why it escalated as far as it did.

Just so we're all on the same page, Francis must've said something to Jackson, though we don't know what. Jackson asserted it was something "crazy," so I'm assuming Stevie Franchise wasn't asking for an autograph.

Whatever he said caused Jackson to choke him. And a resolution wasn't reached until Francis is hauled away in cuffs, which Jackson couldn't explain either. 

It's all very weird, and also exactly what you would expect from a night on the town with Jackson. To put it lightly, he's always been a bit of a loose cannon.

There was his involvement in "Malice at the Palace" in 2004, after which he was suspended for 30 games. Recently, in another appearance on Highly Questionable, he recounted some of the events from that night and said it felt good to punch a fan.

To top it all off, Jackson was released by the San Antonio Spurs before the start of the playoffs this past year, later citing his refusal to play Gregg Popovich's mind games as the reason.

I can't say I'm surprised, then, that Jax has found his way back into the tabloid section. Controversy doesn't just follow him; it rides on his back. Wherever he goes. Nightclubs, NBA arenas, strip joints—everywhere.

Feel free to take away from all this what you will. My advice: steer clear of Jackson when you're clubbing at all costs. Never, ever ask for his autograph either. Just in case.