Why Floyd Mayweather Is Paying For George Floyd’s Multiple Funerals All Over America
Boxer Floyd Mayweather has reportedly made a significant offer to the family of George Floyd. Floyd died last week after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.
Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and protests have broken out across the country over Floyd’s death. Now Mayweather wants to pay for his funerals.
Floyd Mayweather Offers To Pay For George Floyd’s Funerals
On Monday, Hollywood Unlocked reported that Mayweather had committed to paying for all of George Floyd’s funeral costs. He was reportedly inspired do this after a conversation with Anzel Jennings, CEO of the TMT music label, who grew up with George Floyd.
The family is reportedly planning to hold four funeral services in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte, and a fourth location that hasn’t been shared yet. Mayweather has committed to paying for all of them after Jennings reached out to the family on his behalf.
TMZ confirmed the report, and later shared that George Floyd’s family had accepted Mayweather’s offer. His reps shared with the site that he’s doing “what he feels is right in his heart.”
Hollywood Unlocked CEO Jason Lee explained why he wanted to share Mayweather’s gesture, saying, “I felt it was important to share this because his voice has a global impact that needs to be heard, especially during these times.”
George Floyd Memorial Fund Raises Millions
Floyd Mayweather isn’t the only one donating to help George Floyd’s family at this difficult time. A GoFundMe campaign organized by George’s brother Philonise Floyd has raised over $7 million.
“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” reads the fundraiser’s description. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
The fundraiser page includes an address where people can send cards, letters, or checks. NBC News also reports that the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund raised over $1 million for protesters in less than 24 hours, thanks to donation-matching on Twitter.