Floyd Mayweather has been in contact with the family of murdered Minnesota resident George Floyd and offered to cover all costs of services in his honor.
The Floyd family has accepted Mayweather’s offer and will be carrying out services in George’s hometown of Houston, as well as in Minnesota and Charlotte.
Mayweather has always been a vocal member of the black community and has used his influence to speak out about injustice in the past. This is also not the first time that Mayweather has joined other sportsmen and celebrities in using their position of wealth and privilege to help with funeral and remembrance service costs.
This show of solidarity comes at a time when, all across America, people from all walks of life are joining together in protest against the police. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, told ESPN “He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral”. Mayweather has made similar gestures like this in the past but has always preferred to keep it private.
George Floyd’s family has since given statements condemning the violent turn that public demonstrations have taken. The family don’t agree with violence being used in Mr. Floyd’s name, they urged anyone wishing to show support for them, to do so peacefully in the spirit of Mr. Floyd.
Among other celebrities offering financial support to the cause, Drake made a donation of $100,000 to the National Bailout Fund while The Weeknd has donated a total of $500,000 with $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Know Your Rights campaign, and $100,000 to National Bail Out
The fund is devoted to bailing out incarcerated members of the black community who are the primary caregivers in their family, so they can continue to provide them with support.