George Floyd died on May 25 after he was arrested by four Minnesota police officers, one of which kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. While on the ground with his hands handcuffed back his back, Floyd begged for his life and at one point called out for his “mama.”
Floyd was a parent himself. He had a young daughter and a teenage son. The mother of Floyd’s daughter is now speaking out over a week after his passing.
Floyd’s daughter is just 6 years old and she’s named Gianna. “I don’t have a lot to say. I can’t get my words together right now. I wanted everyone to know that this is what those officers took from me,” Gianna’s mom, Roxie, said during a press conference on June 2. “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. If there’s a problem she’s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore. I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good. And this is the proof he was a good man.”
According to Roxie, although they were no longer together, Floyd played an active role in both of their lives. “He still took care of us, he provided for us. [He was] living here, working.”
As At The Buzzer reported, Floyd was friends with former NBA star Stephen Jackson.
Jackson who was also present the press conference vowed to step in and care for Gianna as Floyd would have done if he were still alive. “His whole reason for being in Minnesota was to work and drive trucks,” Jackson told the media. “That’s why he came here, and he was doing that. He was doing great here, he was turning the curve, and then this happened. So he was doing this for her.”
He also vowed to be present at every one of Gianna’s milestones, he added that he will also be the one to walk her down the aisle one day. Following the press conference, a video of Gianna and Jackson went viral.
As Gianna sat on Jackson’s shoulders, the little girl yelled, “My daddy changed the world” with a huge smile on her face. In an interview with Good Morning America, Gianna said, “I miss him. He played with me.”
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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