Stephen Jackson, who knew Floyd personally, has been a huge proponent in the fight against police brutality. In the wake of Floyd’s untimely death, Jackson has committed to help raise Gianna, Floyd’s daughter. He speaks about the promise he made to Floyd regarding the topic of raising Gianna, “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.”
Jackson goes on to mention the global support he has received during this time explaining, “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.” Irving reportedly gave the Floyd family money for the house about half a year ago.
Irving has been notably active off and on the court when speaking out about social justice matters. Just last week, Irving showed his support for a Manhattan district attorney candidate on a Zoom call. He even contributed $1.5 million USD last year, to supplement the income of the WNBA players who did not choose to play in the bubble.
Watch the full discussion on “The Rematch” podcast above.
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