Floyd Mayweather sends $88,500 check to George Floyd’s family to cover his funeral costs
Former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover George Floyd’s funeral costs, as there are going to be several services across the U.S.
George Floyd, an African-American, died on May 25, after a white police officer held him on the ground by pressing a knee into his neck. Although Floyd was helplessly crying: “I can’t breathe”, the cop didn’t lift his knee until the man was completely motionless.
Sports stars and other celebrities have joined the widespread condemnation against police brutality and racial discrimination.
The Mayweather Promotions foundation confirmed that Floyd Mayweather has personally reached out to Mr. Floyd’s family, as Mail Online reveals. The former five-division world champion offered to cover all costs relating to the funeral services across the country. According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather has sent the family an $88,500 check.
The $88,500 check was addressed to Robert Swearington at the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center in Houston. The lawyer representing Mr. Floyd’s family announced that a funeral will be held in Houston on June 9.
On Thursday, June 4, there will be a memorial service in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, and on Saturday, June 6, a memorial service will be held in North Carolina, Mr. Floyd’s birthplace.
Mayweather was frustrated to learn that the former officer Derek Chauvin, who brutally killed George Floyd, was facing the minimal charge, а third-degree murder.
As Hollywood Unlocked reports, Floyd Mayweather reached out to Mr. Floyd’s family through a mutual friend – Anzel Jennings, the CEO of TMT music label. It turns out that Jennings actually grew up with George in Houston. He contacted the family on the former boxer’s behalf.
As Mayweather was distraught over Floyd’s killing, he felt compelled to help, so he committed to paying for the funeral services. A Mayweather rep claimed:
“Floyd is just doing what he feels is right in his heart.”
The chief executive officer of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, confirmed to ESPN:
“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral. Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years.”
Previously, Floyd Mayweather paid for Genaro Hernandez’s funeral in 2011. Hernandes diet at the age of 45 of rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscular cancer. In 1998, Floyd and Genaro fought for the WBC super featherweight title, with Mayweather prevailing by eighth-round technical knockout to win his first world title.
George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week has sparked days of civil unrest across the whole country.
Famous faces in the sporting industry like the basketball icon Michael Jordan and the F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton have also expressed their fury over Floyd’s killing.
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 2, 2020
Moreover, the owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Steve Bisciotti, pledged $1 million for social justice reform. Bisciotti said in a statement that a group of former and current players would decide which organizations benefit.
“Now, more than ever, we must all strengthen our pursuit of positive change, as we stand with peaceful protestors around the country. We must all discover new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice.”
Even before George Floyd’s brutal killing by a white police officer, U.S. citizens were outraged for the tragic deaths of two other African-Americans – Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Both were murdered by white Americans. These racial-based killings unleashed a wave of demonstrations across the U.S.