Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  43 responses

Mark Jackson Explains Relationship With Alleged Major Drug Dealer

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson moonlights as a pastor, and says that his relationship with a man that law enforcement officials claim is a drug kingpin, is based strictly on spirituality. From the San Fran Chronicle: “Warren Braithwaite’s drug arrest last month led to a Star magazine article that discussed his relationship with Jackson. ‘At the end of the day, Brother Warren doesn’t have a relationship with Mark Jackson, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors,’ Jackson said in a phone interview Wednesday. ‘He wouldn’t say, ‘Mark Jackson, my friend’ or ‘Mark Jackson, my coach.’ ‘He would say, ‘Pastor Mark, my spiritual father.’ Jackson and his wife, Desiree, pastor True Love Worship Center International, a nondenominational church with about 300 members in Van Nuys. Braithwaite is an usher there … ‘In fairness to me, as a pastor, I’m going to be linked to drug dealers, drug addicts, liars and fornicators,’ Jackson said. ‘The church is a place for sick people to be healed. I’m going to help them, but I’m not going to co-sign on their troubles.’ Braithwaite, who also has ties to actor/singer Jamie Foxx, is being accused of masterminding a multimillion-dollar international drug cartel, according to Star. The report says Braithwaite was arrested June 14 in a five-state DEA sting that dismantled a drug ring responsible for the distribution of up to 10,000 pounds of marijuana – worth more than $8 million. He was booked at the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail on June 23 and pleaded not guilty to all charges June 29.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Drug dealer my a**. Instead of chasing actual criminals like murders and child molesters, the gov wastes tax money chasing so called “drug” dealers.
    As long as there’s a demand (US population) there will always be someone willing to supply.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Drug Kingpin? Distribution of………weed? People WANT whatever poison they want. People don’t WANT to be killed. Children don’t WANT to be molested. Go after the people that do things people DON’T want done to them. @JTaylor21–As long as there’s a demand (US population) there will always be someone willing to supply.—It’s been like that forever, Gov just don’t seem to get it.

  • LA Huey

    Mark Jackson in bed with the Nancy Botwin’s of the world? YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!. All kidding aside, co-sign JTaylor and E.


    Don’t try and use blanket statements regarding drugs…For examople, I want LAW ENFORCEMENT to SHUT DOWN Meth labs, and crack houses. Those drugs destroy lives/families. HOWEVER, I strongly believe weed should be legalized and taxed. Weed is on the same level as alcohol, in my honest opinion.

  • James AKA…

    I agree with the “how is this a crime crowd.” You want change, start lobbying for it big time; press your elected officials, elect better officials, and sway the minds of those who softly support prohibition (point out that chicago was a lot nicer with legal booze than illegal booze sold by al capone).

  • LA Huey

    “Meth labs” as we know it, wouldn’t exist if it’s production was part of a legal, regulated industry. Just like we don’t hear about people dying and going blind from drinking liquor made in bathtubs. As far as crack houses and the destruction of families, we can try to minimize those sort of things but liquor has destroyed families and sent folks under the bridge. I think that stuff is part of a socioeconomic issue and not solely the effect of illegal drugs.

  • patrick

    De-”criminalize” all drugs

  • angus

    dont forget guys up top, its drugs that often lead to those types of crimes

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I think it’s a crime that dude might have to do time in Sherrif Joe Land.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFYwueh05mM nbk

    If he is in Tent City that f’n sucks. sh*ts all outdoors, and its 100 degrees today, and raining. just sayin, matic you are totally right.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I don’t even see why this relationship has to be “explained.” Even if he did know “Mark Jackson the coach” so what? Just because you know someone doesn’t mean you’re into what they’re into.


    @IAMORANGE4EVER “Weed is on the same level as alcohol, in my honest opinion.” I half agree, I know what you mean but I’ve never seen someone drop dead from smoking too much weed. I’ve seen some epic naps go down when someone has had one toke too many, but drink too much whiskey and you might just not wake up. Alcohol is FAR WORSE in my opinion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I would pay good money to attend a service pastored by Mark Jackson. I can picture him going, ” So then Jesus rose from the dead. Grown man move. He told the devil, excuse me, Mr Devil, step aside, I have appointment with my Father. Jesus Christ, getting it done! The disciples saw this and said “Mama there goes that man!”

  • LA Huey

    Nick ftw!

  • the truth

    LOL at nick…and me ang my girl were talking yesterday, between weed and alcohol, shouldn’t alcohol be the illegal one. U know cats can get all crazy and mean on liquor, but think about that same dude if he’s high…gonna just sit there.

  • bull22

    i agree with jackson, those who teach the bible know they are there to help
    people who perhaps have made bad decisions in life. he can’t be blamed for that man’s criminal activity, even the bible says we are not to blame for other peoples stupidity unless we are influencing it.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    common…drug kingpin for marihuana?? i can be a drug kingpin selling toys for children, g.i joes, barbies, hotwheels..everything is an addiction. im a drug kingpin, because i collect basketball cards and i am full in supply…plus, i am an addict, cause i buy them by the boxes…not only that, im in the military, so, i am also a murderer!!! i need pastor jackson in my life..

  • James AKA…

    Its not just a matter of opinion that alcohol is more harmful than marijuana. There is a a graphic available all over the internet, originally published in the Lancet Medical Journal, which ranks commonly known drugs on a 2 dimentional scale of harm versus adiction. Google it and take a look. A bonus if you can find the article it was published with.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I disagree. Not with the idea that legalization would help some issues, but with the idea that it would eliminate all the violence and clandestine activity.
    In countries have legalized prostitution, hell in Nevada, what you have are two industries. The legal, above board industry, and the black market stuff. If the feds started testing and issuing narcotics licenses, you would have thousands of people looking to avoid the hassle who would go into business themselves. Or, once big groups established monopolies, they would enact laws that protected those monopolies and created even more problems.
    That’s how it works.

  • ecn

    @Allenp: there’s a black market for every industry..it doesn’t create more problems at all

  • ecn

    ..and anyway, the biggest drug kingpin on this planet is named Phillip Morris

  • The Spaniard

    “In countries have legalized prostitution, hell in Nevada, what you have are two industries. The legal, above board industry, and the black market stuff.”

    This argument is flawed. Nevada has “legal” prostitution in one remote county, far away from the major metropolitan areas.

    I can’t figure out how selling sex is illegal but I can have sex for FREE with no restraint.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s why I mentioned those countries that have legalized sex districts. Not just in Nevada.
    If they legalize narcotics they would probably allow sale and usage in isolated areas. That means there would be people who want to move out of those areas but can’t under the law. So they break the law. Even when you legalize something, it’s often cheaper to avoid the rules. Creating legal drugs wouldn’t be as big a fix as some people believe.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    The only crime legalizing drugs would eliminate, is the actually crime of selling illegal drugs. If people get high and commit crimes, they not going to stop just because they legally obtained their drugs. And I agree with Allenp, there are still going to be people trying to circumvent “the man” and sell their stuff illegally and cheaper.

  • riggs

    @Angus: its actually the fact that it’s illegal that leads to crime.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Maryjane at least needs to be de-criminalized. Reason: Because the cause of its illegallity is from the lies that are told about. They have told lies about the terrible affects from, “gateway drug” to addiction, but these are just that, lies. The same goverment that approves of addictive chemicles being added to tabbacco, says that a organic plant cannot be smoked because of the terrible affects it can have. Making it legal wouldn’t be to “fix” anything. It would be righting a wrong. Plus hemp is a hell of a material(would really help the economy to get a new industry going, not smoking, but for the raw material). Wearing some Hemp shoes right now :D

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, I didn’t mean to come off as believing legalization would be the panacea to all drug-related ills. I agree that scum bags and desperate people will always find ways to make their living in the shadows. But the human cost associated with the ‘War On Drugs’ could be saved and we could better use that funding to police human trafficking or other, better causes.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ the truth: Yes alcohol is worse, but they’ve already tried criminalizing that. Al Capone was a happy man.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Besides the trivial “moral issues” surrounding the legalization of weed, which is nowhere near the level of actual narcotics, let’s see just how anti-drug the United States really is:
    - In order to provide covert funds for the Kuomintang (KMT) forces loyal to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, who were fighting the Chinese communists under Mao, the CIA helped the KMT smuggle opium from China and Burma to Bangkok, Thailand, by providing airplanes owned by one of their front businesses, Air America.
    - The Guadalajara Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking network in the early 1980s, prospered largely because it enjoyed the protection of the DFS, under its chief Miguel Nassar (or Nazar) Haro, a CIA asset.
    - In 1996 Gary Webb wrote a series of articles published in the San Jose Mercury News, which investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who had smuggled cocaine into the U.S. which was then distributed as crack cocaine into Los Angeles and funneled profits to the Contras. The CIA was aware of the cocaine transactions and the large shipments of drugs into the U.S. by the Contra personnel and directly aided drug dealers to raise money for the Contras.
    There’s a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to this sh!t…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It was made illegal so william hearst could keep getting cheap lumber for his newspaper.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to John Forte…

  • http://dfklf.com Jukai

    Ah, the old “even though our society’s handling of alcohol has been abysmal, we think it’s only fair to let us start handling yet another drug just as badly. We know the social and personal problems from marijuana abuse are likely to be similar to those with alcohol, but it’s just not fair that we’re only allowed to have one substance that harms people, families, children, and society.”
    Good logic peeps.
    Decriminalize, slow down on the legalize. Medical marijuana has been an absurd abused failure. How exactly will it be different if it’s legalized completely?

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  • MikeC.

    Come on up to Canada fellas. Marijuana has been decriminalized here for awhile. I believe that it’s decriminalized up to 27 grams. Possession of an ounce is intent to distribute.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Crime Rate, Less people getting put in jail for not doing anything to anyone. Look at the crime rate in the Netherlands and tell me it would have “the same problems as alcohol” – the main issue with legalizing marijuana is all of the jobs that the “war on drugs” has created and sustained. Not that there will be abuse problems. 30% of American Adults smoke pot, its not like it being illegal is really stopping anything, but it is creating court dates. You know, because people should be locked in a cage for smoking a joint. Please

  • Allenp

    It is true that the drug war is big business. Federal grants to local law enforcement agencies are a huge deal. Not to mention how the prison population boom is the sole means of support for many rural areas. Legalization will never happen.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Non-violent drug abusers should not be charged with felonies. It is ridiculous to give somebody a life sentence for shooting crack. Think about that for a second: an entire life behind bars for doing something that the rest of society was unaffected by. Not to mention the racist elements to the War on Drugs, and the insane discrimination of former felons under state laws.
    There are more black men in prison, on parole, or facing probation today than there were slaves in the 1800′s…
    America, by the way, is the biggest jailor on Earth, housing 25% of the world’s prison population. The “land of the free” has more people in prison, by far, than any authoritarian regime… anywhere, including China and Iran.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yep, Allen is correct. Also, prison populations in rural (predominantly white) towns are counted as that area’s residents, even though they aren’t allowed to vote. These prisoners literally keep their towns afloat. Allocation of government grants/resources by population ensures that these white rural communities will continue to receive funds, while the drainage of young minority males from their hometowns causes less funding for their (predominantly black and Hispanic) communities.

  • http://dfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: That’s such a dumb argument, that legalizing it wont skyrocket the usage. Once again, look at the abuse of medical marijuana in some states and see usage sky rocket. I’m kinda on the fence about legalization, but decriminalization will take people out of jail, keep these “jobs” designed to stop people from smoking, and prevent any type of huge boom that legalization will cause.
    Also, Teddy loves to point out that prison statistic with China.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    They cannot legalize marijuana.
    Hemp oil can heat every home in the world.
    The “powers that be” would cease to be… “the powers that be”.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    What does it matter if usage skyrockets? (even though the estimated kick on usage would be no higher then 10%) My argument is not that usage will skyrocket, but who uses it and how much they use it wont affect anyone but the user. And as Phil said there are many reasons Marijuana is illegal mainly the many benefits it would prpvide to our everyday lives, That would take away a lot of government income none of them have anything to do with usage. Its not alcohol it doesnt impair your ability to make decisions or motor function, you can’t overdose. The only reason it is viewed in the same light as other drugs is because it was classified as one by the government. Other then that the only similarity it has to other drugs is that it makes people happy. “This is your brain on drugs” remember that? When really it would be less healthy to toke up a camel light then a big joint

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jukai: Not so much that it’s China, but that China has 1.3 billion people compared to America’s 300 million. And America still has more people in prison… And America is supposedly a democracy whereas China, in practice, is an authoritarian state.
    Jailing 2 million citizens, most of them for non-violent offenses, is pretty repressive is it not?
    Check the $tats:
    - More than nine million people are incarcerated worldwide–at the end of 2008, over 2.3 million of those nine million were incarcerated in the U.S.
    - More than 90,000 additional inmates were in juvenile facilities.
    - In total, at the end of 2008, more than 7.3 million people were either on probation, on parole, in jail or in prison in the United States. (!)

  • http://SportsCipher.com Jaamal Braithwaite

    Mark Jackson explained the relationship perfectly. In life not all the people we deal with will be saints. But the ones that try to help the ones who are not doing the right thing, are better than others that just avoids them and condemn what they do. You are no better if you are not willing to help the situation.