When George Floyd was killed in May last year by a police officer in Minneapolis, footage of the homicide went viral, sparking Black Lives Matter protests across America.
Floyd may have left in his wake a lasting legacy of activism, but he also left behind a 7-year-old daughter named Gianna. Fortunately, the world is now looking after her welfare.
An NBA professional basketball star learned what the family needed most and stepped up to provide it. Kyrie Irving, the point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, bought them a house.
Irving, who felt he was just doing the right thing, tried to downplay his generosity.
“I just want to keep continuing to fulfill our purpose in serving a lot of the underserved communities. Those don’t necessarily get the same attention,” he said in a statement. “So just trying to do my part with service, that’s all.”
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was a friend of George Floyd’s, gave Kyrie full props. “He wanted to help George’s family and I let him know that a house was what they needed at that time and he made it happen in a heartbeat,” Jackson revealed on his podcast, The Rematch.
Irving is not the only celebrity to reach out to Gianna and her family. “Lil Wayne’s manager bought them a Mercedes-Benz. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney, so I think God has definitely blessed her and right now. She’s doing the best she’s ever done, she’s happy,” Jackson said.
In addition, Kanye West donated $2 million to help Gianna and the families of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old victim of a racially motivated murder in Georgia, and 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was killed during a botched drug raid by police who showed up at the wrong apartment.
Ordinary citizens, too, are donating to help little Gianna. A GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $2.3 million, providing a fund when she’s ready to attend college—if she doesn’t want to take advantage of a full scholarship offered by Texas Southern University.
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