Former NBA player Stephen Jackson promised to take care of Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, at a press conference in Minneapolis.
The 14-year NBA veteran was a close friend of Floyd and had referred to him as his “twin” in a previous speech.
“I’m going to walk her down the aisle,” Jackson told CBS News. “I’m going to be there for her, I’m going to be there to wipe your tears.”
“There’s a lot of stuff you said that he’s gonna miss — that I’m gonna be there for,” he told Washington at the press conference. “I’m gonna walk her down the aisle. I’m gonna be there for her. I’m gonna be here to wipe your tears. I’m gonna be here for you and Gigi. Floyd might not be here, but I’m here for her, I’m here to get justice, and we’re gonna get justice for my brother.”
“We’re not leaving, we’re gonna keep fighting, we’re gonna send [Floyd] home in beautiful ways this week,” he added. “But I’m telling you: We are not leaving, we are gonna demand justice.”
Jackson isn’t the only one supporting Floyd’s family, as a GoFundMe set up by Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd has raised more than $11 million as of Tuesday night. Of course, supporting a child requires more than money, and Jackson is clearly close with Gianna:
Jackson has been joined by athletes and other figures from across sports in seeking police reform and action against institutional racism.