Former NBA star Stephen Jackson fought back tears Thursday as he recalled his close friendship with “twin” George Floyd — saying watching the video of his death “destroyed” him.
The one-time Nets forward told the “Today” show that he was half-asleep when he first saw the now-viral video and assumed it was “another black man getting murdered by the police.”
A mutual friend then told him it was actually his “twin in Minnesota” — a friend who looked so like him they asked each other “who’s your daddy?” when they first met growing up in Texas, he recalled.
“I jumped up, screamed, scared my daughter — almost broke my hand punching stuff because I was so mad,” Jackson, 42, told the NBC show.
The video showed “my best friend on TV for the world to see getting killed over a fraud charge, a fake $20 bill.”
“It just destroyed me, and I haven’t been the same since I seen it,” Jackson said.
The video particularly “hurt” because he saw his pal begging for his mother, the former hoops star said of the friend who was always his “first stop” whenever they were in the same town.
“I knew that was a cry for help. We don’t scream my mother’s name like that, unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy,” Jackson told “Today,” fighting back tears.
He said when he called the family, he heard George’s six-year-old daughter “screaming.”
“She has to see this — the whole world has to see this — and she has to deal with it for the rest of her life.”
He vowed to make sure his friend’s name “will be remembered because we’re going to get change.”
“I’m gonna get justice for my friend,” he said — while insisting his friend would hate the violence his death has sparked.
“This is not what Floyd would want. Floyd would want everybody standing together and fighting for justice, and that’s it. He’s not the type of person to promote violence,” he said.