Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving reportedly helped out George Floyd‘s 7-year-old daughter Gianna in the form of purchasing a home. Floyd lost his life on Memorial Day after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck for more than eight minutes.
Former NBA player and childhood friend of Floyd, Stephen Jackson, recently made this claim during an appearance on “The Rematch” podcast.
When asked about how Floyd’s daughter was doing, Jackson said, “She’s doing great man, I think we’re doing a great job of keeping her lifted and keeping her spirits high. She’s become real close with my brother Will, god-daughter, and my daughter Sky. And I think the fact that she’s getting so much love from not just us but from people all around the world. I’m just continuing to do what I said was going to do.”
He continued, “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, Kyrie Irving, bought them a house. Lil Wayne’s manager bought them a Mercedes-Benz,” Jackson said. “Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney.”
Twitter users applauded both Jackson and Irving for their generosity, including one user who wrote, “Way to go Kyrie and Stephen. I was always a huge fan of Stephen Jackson, but now, it’s on another stratosphere.” They added, “God will continue to bless you as you undertake the role of being a father figure and a great role model to her. God bless you guys 🙏🏼 🙏🏼.”
“Think about that!! He bought them a house. How do we say anything about this kid? The world truly needs more Kyrie Irving’s,” another person expressed.
ESPN reported that an undisclosed source told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that Irving gave the family the money for the home roughly five to six months ago.
Irving has a growing track record for helping out in areas regarding social justice matters. Last July, the athlete committed $1.5 million to supplement WNBA players’ income who chose not to play the 2020 season in their bubble due to COVID-19 concerns or other social justice reasons.