Rev. Jesse Jackson reacted Wednesday afternoon to news of his son, Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Ill.), being sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing $700K in campaign funds. 

"This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our family. I speak really today as a father. Most of my career has been spent out going … helping someone else on something I really understood socially or politically, but this one, of course, is home, and I've had to raise many questions to myself," he said in a statement to the press. 

"[My son] was remorseful," Jackson said, adding, "...He is still recovering. Jesse's been very sick. This time a year ago, I thought we may have lost him. I think he's strong enough now to accept the challenges put before him by the judge."

Watch his statement above.