D’Angelo Russell became the NBA’s biggest story yesterday when he was summoned for stashing weed in an Arizona Iced Tea can at LaGuardia airport. It’s a pretty embarrassing story, considering how he got caught, that has had plenty of people clowning the Brooklyn Nets star on Twitter. While others choose to make Russell fun, others offer his support. NBA retired player Stephen Jackson, who became a marijuana advocate during his retirement, is among those who stand in solidarity with Russell.

Jackson took to Instagram to send a message to Russell, explaining how he should have been smarter and that as a whole, weed shouldn’t be so heavily stigmatized.

“Just got my wrk in for the day. Thinking bout @dloading stay strong kid. They rather u take man made stuff so they can benefit. It’s only a prob having it if u successful and black. It’s dam near legal,” Jackson explained. “Who wants to take man made drugs and get hooked then when u stop playing u can get them now u strung out. Sad game the play. #GBG #TMCLove to all. Gotta be smarter DLo but remember it’s a “PLANT” not a drug. Facts. Do your homework.”

Hopefully, Russell takes Jackson’s advice to heart so a situation like this doesn’t occur in the future.

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