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Kyrie Irving Bought Home for George Floyd's Family, Per Stephen Jackson

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2021

Utah Jazz's Royce O'Neale, right, defends Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving recently purchased a house for the family of George Floyd, according to Stephen Jackson.

The former NBA guard and close friend of the Floyd family provided the update on Etan Thomas' The Rematch podcast.

Irving has been heavily involved in philanthropy, largely doing so behind the scenes and having his generosity be revealed later by others. The Nets star donated $1.5 million to WNBA players who sat out the 2020 season amid COVID-19, donated $323,000 to food banks to help struggling families and donated food and masks to his late mother's Native American tribe.

Jackson said several celebrities have reached out in an effort to help Floyd's family and his daughter, Gianna: 

"She's getting so much love—not just from us, but from people all around the world who are showing support. I'm just continuing to do what I said I was going to do; I said I was going to be my brother's keeper and take care of his daughter and make sure that her next days are her best days. A lot of my friends [have helped]. Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Lil Wayne's manager bought them a Mercedes Benz. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney.

"I think God has definitely blessed her. I think she's doing the best she's ever done; she's happy. We're just waiting for this trial to get out of the way, so she doesn't have to keep reliving the situation and she can go about living her life."

Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin on Memorial Day when the Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Floyd, who was Black, repeatedly told Chauvin he could not breathe and pleaded for his life while Chauvin refused to stop choking him.

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Chauvin has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd's death, along with the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and several other instances of police brutality against Black people, led to nationwide protests that spanned months.

Irving expressed concern over the NBA's return last July in part because he believed playing basketball would distract from the social justice movement. The NBA allowed players to honor Floyd, Taylor and others during the Orlando restart and increased its efforts in the community on social justice causes after discussing the matter with players.