When you talk to Mark Jackson he looks you in the eye. His voice is sincere and he comes across honest and straightforward and when you walk away from him you think this is a good man.

Jackson may in fact be a very good man. But he got himself into trouble, acted foolishly and now he looks bad and so do the Warriors. I am not here to condemn Jackson. I’m sorry he was the victim of an extortion attempt and I hope he and his family are OK.

But I have this to say. I don’t know the first thing about him. I don’t know the first thing about sports figures. I don’t even know the ones I think I know. I spend much of my life around athletes and coaches and I know only what they want me to know — only what they show me.

But I cannot vouch for a single one.

When  OJ Simpson was a player, the media loved him, thought he was the tops. Shows what we know.

I believe Bruce Bochy and Bob Melvin, to name two, are forthright honorable men. Would I bet the mortgage on it? No way. I don’t really know them. I only know what they show me.

Again, Mark Jackson may be a very good man. But he had a back story, something he was concealing. I wonder if he told the Warriors about it when he applied to be coach. I wonder, if he told, whether they would have hired him. There is so much more to him than the stoic face he gives the media and the fans.

One more thing. If I don’t know sports figures, you sure don’t. You know less than I do. If you’re in love with Tim Lincecum — Timmy — it’s because of how he seems to be and what you project onto him. He may be a lovely person to his intimates. But I don’t know and you don’t either. I’m not picking on Lincecum. I’m using him as an example of our collective ignorance.

Anyway, that’s what Mark Jackson made me realize all over again.

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  1. Mark M

    He’s a man. He has weaknesses just like you and I. Why should anyone expect anything else?

    It’s wrong to put people on a pedestal, and we fans have a tendency to do that with sports figures. I certainly used to when I was very young. But these types of stories don’t surprise me much anymore. I support him as coach of the Warriors based on what I’ve seen thus far. No other reason. This current story is bothersome but I don’t consider it to be on a par with dog fighting or killing your ex wife, obviously.

    June 29th, 2012 3:20 pm

  2. chris

    that is a strange part of sports, not really knowing if a person is as great as you think they are based on their performance. And its kind of a bummer to hear that the media doesn’t have much more of a clue than the fans do. But judging how most athletes seem to despise the media, that makes sense. O.J. is the extrme example……..I loved watching him on the field and in the movies………watched him as an 11 year old break Jim Browns record on TV in my parents livingroom in the Berkely Hills……watched him in the Towering Inferno with my childhood sweetheart as the concerned hotel security guy who handed Fred Astair a kitten he saved at the end of the film………and then in 1994 all I could say as the facts came out on a daily basis of his wifes slaying……”O.J. what did you do?!!!!!!……..yeesh, innocence lost after that.

    June 29th, 2012 3:24 pm

  3. Stan

    True..but that’s where life experience kicks in. You don’t have to meet somebody if you’ve read plenty of quotes or interviews to realize you’ve met that type. And “types” do seem to repeat the same mistakes.or do good things. Fuzzy logic is applied. Sure,we all can be fooled..that’s life. But I can tell somebody’s political persuasion to a high degree..they have beliefs that give that away.
    Any day you want a list of sports media Dems or Repubs -I could do it,Lowell. If I’m wrong here or there..”shrug”..its not like I claim to know how many body’s they have buried under their house.
    But Mark Jackson..he has to go. I’ve listed all the reasons..none are that I don’t like his suits.I gave real reasons here and on BASG. After Monta..this just makes Lacob look like a greedy businessmen protecting his money and not the image or possibly the public’s good.

    June 29th, 2012 3:24 pm

  4. Stan

    I was fooled by Harbaugh. Never in a million years would I have guess hard nosed Jim would go to Peru to build homes for the poor. Even if Harbaugh haters say he did it for his image..well,we all should be so selfish about our image we build homes for the poor. No mater how you cut it. Jim did a great humanitarian act.

    June 29th, 2012 3:29 pm

  5. Gooselosgatos

    Great piece. So true.

    June 29th, 2012 4:00 pm

  6. Stan

    Monte Poole on Comcast..just very weak reasoning and logic about Jackson. If Jackson was anywhere’s the man he claims to be -he would resign. Monte saying that Jackson’s players believe in him..what does that have to do with it? Hire Mark Malone and they would then believe in him. I haven’t heard anything that changes my mind about Jackson..for a first year coach he’s done more then show he’s not up to the job. He’s proven it.

    June 29th, 2012 5:22 pm

  7. mendozaline

    Mark Jackson did 3 things:
    He cheated on his spouse.
    When confronted he paid extortion money.
    When confronted again he went to the police.
    Forget about sports figures, I don’t think any of us knows what goes on in the marriages of our friends. Any of them could cheat or be cheated on. And we don’t know how they would react if they were extorted. We don’t really know how we ourselves would act if faced with extortion. We could guess how we would act, but we don’t really know. And we don’t know how we would act if we were serially blackmailed. A marriage is a very special very private relationship and I think it is folly to think that you can have a good insight into that relationship between others, much less a person who is a coach. Do you feel the same way about your co-workers at the PD? Can you tell what goes on inside their marriages?

    June 29th, 2012 6:03 pm

  8. CohnZohn

    mendozaline, I know very little about most people, including myself.

    June 29th, 2012 6:50 pm

  9. Stan

    Mendoza…Jackson is paid millions of dollars for a very public job. He knew what the job asked of him. And he lied. Even his friendship was with a drug dealing crook.
    Don’t go into the well paid public job if your a phony. Worse,claim you are of higher moral character when you know you have strippers and self made porn in your past.

    And that Lacobs knee jerk reaction is to do wrong..defend Jackson, is a real insight into Joe Lacob.

    June 29th, 2012 7:49 pm

  10. Tiburon Dave

    I’m always surprised by how many grown men cheat on their wives with strippers, hookers, chambermaids, and underage girls. It’s like they don’t think it counts or something.

    If Coach Jackson & Governor Arnold had been stepping out with Stanford professors nobody even raises an eyebrow.

    But what do I know…

    June 29th, 2012 9:45 pm

  11. Johnc

    Maybe Jackson will now have the distinction of making your top ten Bay Area Jerk List .

    June 30th, 2012 3:31 am

  12. Tommy CostaRica

    Successful men have a swagger which women are attracted to. Look at Clinton he was a great president but he couldn’t resist the entrapment of a beautiful maiden. I wish he was still president. So I disagree with Mark Jackson he should only be judged on how he handles the team this year. I think he did a great job of getting us that # 7 while making it look like he was doing the best for the team.

    June 30th, 2012 8:21 am

  13. Stan

    Sure,the Stripper KNEW he was a NBA analyst..get real. He chose HER.
    And Mark Jackson has been a failure at every facet as a coach in one year..he has no real strategy..depending on Malone for “the thinking”…again,let Lin walk away. Claimed that he could get Beidrens back on track..and then gave up on him. Whatever Jackson said he could do in getting the job…he failed at.
    Isn’t that something?..no wonder he had nothing to say about Monta’s behavior…the preacher’s was doing the same thing!
    But -those big business men?..somehow propping up,standing by, Jackson they claim is an “admirable action” they claim. In what world is that a good thing?

    June 30th, 2012 9:13 am

  14. Stan

    What I like about George Clooney’s attitude?..he has a strong interest in saving mankind. So,he was asked “Why don’t you run for public office?..he answered “Too many woman and too much drugs to lie about”..that as Clint would say is a good man who knows his limitations. Darn honest too!

    June 30th, 2012 10:49 am

  15. Dave T

    Well said sir. Very well said. We only get to see what they dare show us and very few will ever really share what really has taken place (Jose Canseco, Andre Agassi and WIlt Chamberlin books come to mind) and then we chastise them for doing so. It’s no wonder they live such guarded and private lives.

    So I ask this then, if we know so little, I mean really know so little, then doesn’t that mean we have to simply go back to what took place between the lines for a Hall of Fame? Does not matter which one it is, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, NFL, PGA Tour, whatever, it does not matter, it has to come back to just that. Is that a fair assesment in light of what you wrote?

    June 30th, 2012 11:37 am

  16. Dennis

    It sounds like Stan must have lead the drum beat for Bill Clinton’s resignation! Tell me it ain’t so! If you did you will move up a notch higher than any other liberal in my view. That would be wonderful.

    I don’t judge or pretend to know anyone based on anything I don’t see. Mark Jackson maybe a great coach, (the jury is still out) but that doesn’t make him a great person in my book.

    And if he didn’t cheat on his wife that still would have no bearing on what I thought of his coaching abilities. As far as knowing him or anyone for that matter – people change. So even when you know them, you don’t really.

    June 30th, 2012 1:14 pm

  17. Stan

    Dennis,Mark Jackson lied about almost everything. As I said on another blog..I’m not sure whats worst..his strippers and drug dealing best friends or that he talked Lacob into keeping Beidrens rather then amnesty his worthless carcass.
    Clinton?..one huge difference Dennis is…Clinton did a great job as president…Jackson has failed at everything so far.

    June 30th, 2012 8:11 pm

  18. Dennis

    Man, I knew it was too good to be true. If you are a liberal you can lie through teeth and everything is alright. If you are not a liberal, well, different set of rules. Stan, how about O’bama? I am willing to bet you don’t think he should resign.

    July 1st, 2012 4:47 pm

  19. Stan

    Obama? you lost me. What stripper is in his life?

    July 2nd, 2012 1:55 pm

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