Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will pay for George Floyd’s funeral, according to one of his representatives.
Floyd, who was black, died May 25 in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin, who was fired the following day along with three other officers involved, was charged Friday, May 29, with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd’s death has caused protests around the nation to break out with thousands demanding justice and equality for African Americans.
“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN Monday.
The boxing champion is just one of many celebrities who have shown their support for the protests. According to Ellerbe, Mayweather has already been in contact with the family and they have accepted his generous offer.
This is not the first time Mayweather has covered funeral expenses for others. In 2011, he covered the funeral expenses for former boxer Genaro Hernandez who died of cancer.