THE CANYON-NEWS.COM NEWS ARTICLE
Before we begin, the writer of this article self describes as a 16 year old girl from Malaysia.
Former NBA player Larry Johnson shared a screenshot of a supposed 2016 Instagram post by fellow ex-player Stephen Jackson.
The "Larry Johnson" described is not former basketball player Larry Johnson but former football player Larry Johnson.
It shows Masonic “gear” of the latter’s late father, with the caption reading: “will be following your foot steps pops… Salute to all his Mason Brothers.”
Google Reverse Image Search and Tineye do not return any results on the supposed image in question. The article states that the post cannot be found on Mr. Jackson's Instagram, and the lack of a blue check mark next to Mr. Jackson's profile means that this photo was not recently captured. Furthermore, I can not verify any details as to whether Mr. Jackson's father is alive or dead, and when he may have died if deceased.
The second Instagram post is from late May this year, and Jackson said he shared it so “[you all] can see my brother [Floyd] in his element.” Floyd and someone else in the photo can be seen holding up an alleged “Masonic hand sign,” known by some as the “O.K. sign” or the “666 sign.”
The OK guesture has no link to Satanism as far as I can tell from Wikipedia, and Google Searches return nothing either. It's also left entirely unclear why supposed Satanic symbols would be linked to Free Masonry.
Furthermore, according to this interview with Mr. Jackson, he was a member of The Bloods growing up, and the hand gesture could very well be a gang sign, as evidenced by the cover image of this article on gangculture.com showing a Blood displaying a very similar hand sign.
Jackson also referred to Floyd as his “brother” several times, despite coming from a seemingly different background.
I can't believe I have to dignify this with a response so I'm just gonna link this. Also, by this logic, Boromir and King Aragorn are Free Masons. I was in a fraternity in college, so by that logic, I'm a Free Mason.
In addition, Mr. Jackson routinely called Mr. Floyd "twin" due to their physical resemblance to each other.
Another factor linking Floyd to Masonry is Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Floyd’s family. Crump is listed as a “famous Prince Hall Mason” on the website of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ohio. A Grand Lodge is a governing body of Freemasonry in an individual jurisdiction. Crump was also the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, a shooting victim whose father was allegedly a Freemason.
Benjamin Crump is indeed a member of the Prince Hall Masons. This is separate from traditional Freemasonry, however (tl;dr, Freemason lodges in the 1790s were racist). In addition, Mr. Crump was most likely chosen due to the fact that he has represented a large number of racially charged cases. Please see Wikipedia:Benjamin Crump:Career for more info.
It should also be pointed out that the Trayvon Martin conspiracies were also propogated by Mr. Johnson, who we will get to in a moment.
Additionally, the middle name of two of Floyd’s children is “Mason”: Connie Mason Floyd and Quincy Mason Floyd.
This seems to be wrong. While they do have the names right, "Mason" appears to be the last name of Connie and Quincy's mother. According to interviews with Mr. Mason-Floyd, his mother had moved himself and his sister away 15 years ago, they had not seen their father since, and that Mr. Mason-Floyd had not spoken with his father in about 5 years. Mr. Mason-Floyd was introduced at a press conference as "Quincy Mason".
Not brought up by the Canyon-News article but in one of the video is Mr. Jackson's apparent use of "Devil Horns" to prove that he is a Satanist. Again, ignoring the fact that there is no logical leap from "Satanist" to "Free Masonry", and the fact that Mr. Jackson routinely posts religious inspirational quotes to his Instagram, the "Devil Horns" are in no way exclusive to Satanists.
Please see the Wikipedia Article on "Sign of the Horns". Notably, the horns are used by the University of Texas Longhorns, the same state where Mr. Jackson grew up.
Larry Johnson hasn't quite been stable since retiring from the NFL, and claims to be suffering from CTE.
Because of memory loss, suicidal impulses, mood swings, and headaches, Johnson believes he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy (which can't be diagnosed until an autopsy is performed on the brain after death). Johnson also states that he doesn't remember playing two seasons.
This wouldn't be the first current or former professional athlete that Mr. Johnson has levied extreme claims against.