Former NBA players in Flint help give away water to residents

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 4:35 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - It was a packed crowd at the Evergreen Regency apartments in Flint Friday as hundreds of residents waited to meet former NBA players Stephen Jackson and Rasheed Wallace.

“He’s taller than I expected. He came to one of my games when I was in high school. I think I played against his cousin or nephew,” said Flint resident J Rolls.

But Wallace and Jackson weren’t there to talk hoops.

“It’s love that brings me here today. Love and necessities,” Wallace said.

Necessities like water -- to a city still recovering from the water crisis.

“It’s a regular feeling man. It’s something we do every day. It’s not a special thing. I’m not feeling giddy inside, this is what we do,” Wallace added.

Jackson echoed Wallace and the struggle that continues for thousands in Flint, more than 5 years later.

“These people are out here struggling, dying from water, it makes no sense, it’s common sense but the world’s lost common sense. We’re out here for a reason to help our people, people of all races, people of all races that live out here,” Jackson said.

Jackson and Wallace both helped hand out cases of water while getting a chance to meet those that look up to them.

“It’s hard to see people struggling like this, just imagine how much we take water for granted,” Wallace added.

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