WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Stephen Jackson, former NBA star and longtime friend of George Floyd shared a video of himself and Floyd’s daughter on Instagram on Tuesday.
- The clip captured 6-year-old Gianna’s message to everyone: her ‘Daddy changed the world.’
- Jackson, in another Instagram post, called Floyd his “twin” and vowed to take care of Gianna.
A video showing George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, sitting on former NBA player Stephen Jackson’s shoulders, went viral Tuesday. Gianna was captured telling everyone: “Daddy changed the world!” as she throws her arms up with Jackson holding her hands!
Jackson, a longtime friend of Floyd, shared the clip on Instagram.
“That’s right GiGi, ‘Daddy changed the world,’” the NBA veteran wrote in the caption. “George Floyd, the name of change. Love to all who have love for all.”
He also promoted the GoFundMe campaign launched for GiGi which, as of this writing, has already surpassed its $1.5million target.
Jackson, calling the late Floyd his “twin,” has also talked about meeting up with Floyd when visiting Houston and receiving support from him during his entire NBA career.
He vowed to support GiGi and “walk her down the aisle.”
“Don’t worry Twin on my soul I got GiGi. Know dat. I am my brothers keeper and I got a lot of brothers. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ivehadenough Rest Easy Twin,” Jackson said in the caption of his photo with Gigi.
Roxie Washington, Gianna’s mother, made a tearful statement with her daughter on Tuesday at the Minneapolis City Hall:
“I don’t have a lot to say, because I can’t get my words together right now,” she said. “But I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took. At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.”
“He will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle,” she added. “If there’s a problem she’s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore.”
Responding to Washington’s statement, Jackson said: “There’s a lot of stuff you said that he’s gonna miss — that I’m gonna be there for.”
“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,” he said.