Clarkson came to the aid of the World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck — a Filipino food truck based in Utah — which had an anti-Asian slur and an image of a face with slanted eyes spray-painted on the side.
The 29-year-old Clarkson took to Twitter after seeing images of the truck, saying he was “deeply hurt” to see it had been vandalized.
With the help of local politicians, other businesses and Clarkson the truck was restored.
“Special thanks to Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson and Dan from Identity graphics for the new look. We want to thank everyone individually in a couple weeks when we have our LOVE celebration in the park and feed the community.”
The incident is just the latest in a line of hate and violence Asians have experienced in the US over recent months and years.
For Clarkson, who is Filipino American, the incident involving the food truck in Utah hit him hard.
After the Jazz’s victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series, Clarkson said racist incidents such as the one he helped out with have “got to go out the window real quick.”
“Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth to my boys, my family and everybody that was around me. So they were like, let’s do something [about it].
“There’s a lot of stuff going on. I feel like us together, and everybody finding a peace, will make things a lot more comforting in this world. We ain’t got no room for the hate no more. That’s got to go out of the window real quick.”
Clarkson’s 24 points off the bench helped the Jazz to the 117-111 win over the Clippers.
Back in it?
After two passive performances in Brooklyn, the Bucks were much more aggressive from the outset at home on Thursday, racing into a 30-11 lead in the first quarter.
Superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving helped the Nets rally, but Jrue Holiday’s bucket with just 11.4 seconds remaining sealed the 86-83 win to make it 2-1 in their best-of-seven series.
While the offense was more fluid than the previous match-ups — Khris Middleton scored 35 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo got 33 — Holiday pointed to the team’s defense as the reason behind the Bucks’ victory.
“If we got to muck up the game, then we got to muck it up. But when it comes down to it, we want to be aggressive on everyone.”
The Bucks will be looking to level the series in game four on Sunday.