Over the last few years, the Golden State Warriors have become a dynasty with Steve Kerr as head coach of the team. They’ve won three NBA Championships and have been to five straight Finals.
It’s easy to point to Kerr or the players on the squad, but most people tend to forget it was Mark Jackson who built this team but was fired in 2014 before things would take off.
Despite being an incredible head coach, Jackson hasn’t been able to find work in the league as a head coach since then.
In the midst of promoting his new book — Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala visited Chalamagne Tha God and the Breakfast Club and explained how he believes the coach was blackballed from the league for his religious views and opinions on homosexuality.
“One particular issue was — from what I heard — was his views on gender, or marriage, or what the bible said on your sexuality,” Iguodala noted. He also explained how the team’s executive, Rick Welts, was openly gay and this created some friction within the organization.
Former NBA player Jason Collins famously came out as gay in 2013, to which Mark Jackson went on record saying “As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong. That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family, and am certainly praying for them at this time.”
That is a sure fire way to be blackballed.