Shannon Sharpe Puts Phil Jackson on Blast for Stereotyping LeBron James and His ‘Posse’

Sharpe revealed during an episode of Undisputed that Jackson has stereotyped black men before, including using the word “posse” in his 2004 book.

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Shannon Sharpe has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his sports and cultural commentary. And on Wednesday’s episode of Undisputed, Sharpe had a few words about Phil Jackson referring to LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter as a “posse.”

During the segment, Sharpe brought receipts to show that Jackson previously used the word “posse” with a negative connotation when he discussed James in his 2004 book. Jackson spoke about how James was too young to be playing in the NBA as a 19-year-old and how his “posse” could be mentally damaging.

Sharpe then spoke about how James’ “posse” are all now successful businessmen; but of course, he says, that doesn’t matter to Jackson.

Sharpe didn’t come out and call Jackson a racist, but he did say that referring to James’ friends and business associates as a posse would never happen if he were someone like Steve Kerr.

“For a long time, people have been calling the NBA a modern-day ‘slave auction.’ For Phil Jackson to call LeBron’s handlers a ‘posse’ shows that you can reach the highest level in the NBA, but you will still be seen under a different light than a Steve Kerr,” Sharpe said.

Take a look at the segment below:


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