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Jordan Clarkson Mourns Nipsey Hussle, Speaks Out Against Gun Violence in Emotional Plea
- Updated: April 1, 2019
The entire NBA community mourned over the weekend when it was announced that Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) was shot and killed outside his clothing store in southern Los Angeles.
Following the Grammy-nominated rapper’s passing, Clarkson spoke out on how it impacted him personally and what needs to change to avoid a similar tragic loss in the future.
“We was on a bus and kind of all talking and stuff like that. It’s crazy,” Clarkson told cleveland.com Monday afternoon. “I was like, ‘Man, it felt like somebody took my family member from me.’ That’s what it felt like. This is a whole thing, man. It’s just embarrassing to us. It’s just crazy, man. Crazy stuff.”
Asghedom was seen as much more than just a rapper by his fans and those who knew him. He was dedicated to his community, and was part of a group of artists who helped develop Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum devoted to honoring African-American artistic achievement.
Clarkson remarked on his impact and the senseless gun violence that ended his life far too early.
“He’s so important to the culture and it’s detrimental in terms of that,” Clarkson said. “In terms of everything, you have a black man that’s doing good for himself no matter his past or whatever he had done. In his own neighborhood, started his own business, had his own thing going and he gets shot on a Sunday. It’s almost embarrassing to our culture and to us as people that we would do something like that.
“It does hurt because I feel like he has touched all of us in many ways. Then even people bringing their phones out and recording him while he’s on the ground and stuff like that, it’s a lot. We just have to change as people to be honest with you. I don’t see no other races doing that. We definitely have to change as people. We just need to look in the mirror.”
The star guard went so far as to compare Hussle to iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, who was also killed at a young age due to gun violence.
“Feel like he’s the 2Pac of our generation to be honest with you,” Clarkson said. “Same impact. He has that much pull on people. You see how much in terms of people showing love.”
Clarkson also took to social media to speak out on Asghedom’s passing along with countless other NBA stars including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and more.