Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for the funeral costs of George Floyd, as plans are made for four services across the United States, including Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another location, which is yet to be determined.
Mr Floyd died last Monday after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck and sports stars have joined in the widespread condemnation.
Mayweather Promotions confirmed that the former five-division world champion had reached out to Mr Floyd’s family with an offer to cover all costs relating to the funeral services and TMZSports.com confirmed they have accepted an $88,500 check.
The check was made out to Robert Swearington at the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center in Houston.
The lawyer for Floyd’s family said Monday that a funeral will be held on June 9 in Houston.
Before that, the family will hold a memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday and a memorial service on Saturday in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.
Hollywood Unlocked reported that Mayweather was distraught to learn that the former officer Derek Chauvin was facing the minimal charge, third-degree murder, after video of the incident was widely shared.
It prompted Mayweather to contact the family through a mutual friend.
Anzel Jennings, CEO of the TMT record label said Mayweather thought it was the right thing to do, TMZ reported.
‘Floyd is just doing what he feels is right in his heart,’ a Mayweather rep told TMZ.
In a tweet, Mayweather Promotions shared the link to the Hollywood Unlocked story and confirmed its accuracy.
Leonard Ellerbe, the chief executive officer of Mayweather Promotions, told 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.’
Mayweather previously paid for the 2011 funeral of Genaro Hernandez, who died at age 45 of rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscular cancer. The two fought in 1998 for the WBC super featherweight title, with Mayweather prevailing by eighth-round technical knockout to win his first world title.
The death of Floyd last week in Minneapolis has sparked mass scenes of protest across the United States, worldwide and among famous faces in the sporting world.
Basketball icon Michael Jordan also spoke out along with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who criticized his fellow drivers for initially failing to condemn Floyd’s killing.
Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, pledged $1 million for social justice reform and said a group of former and current players would decide which organizations benefit.
‘We must all discover new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice,’ Bisciotti said in a statement.
Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
An official autopsy released Monday found that Floyd died in a homicide involving ‘neck compression.’
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The shocking incident has sparked days of civil unrest in America and led to protests across the world by demonstrators angry about the brutal and disparate treatment of black people by the police, racism in society and demanding change.
It also comes following the deaths of two other black US citizens, Ahmaud Arbery in February and Breonna Taylor in March, which also caused outrage.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Leah Simpson