Kyrie Irving bought a house for George Floyd's family, Stephen Jackson says

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Kyrie bought a house for George Floyd's family, per Stephen Jackson originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Kyrie Irving apparently made a generous gesture last year that's just now coming to light.

The Brooklyn Nets guard bought a house for the family of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was killed last May by a white police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was close with Floyd and his family, revealed the news on Etan Thomas' "The Rematch" podcast.

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"She's getting so much love, from not just us, but from people all around the world who are showing support," Jackson said of Floyd's daughter, Gianna. "I'm just continuing to do what I said I was going to do. I said I was going to be my brother's keeper and take care of his daughter and make sure that her next days are her best days.

"I had a lot of my friends — Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Lil Wayne's manager bought them a Mercedes-Benz. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney."

The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported Irving gave Floyd's family money for the house "five or six months ago," which would have been last summer.

Irving didn't participate in the 2020 NBA restart and reportedly was concerned the games would divert attention and resources away from racial justice efforts. It appears he was busy while away from the court: In addition to aiding the Floyd family, the 28-year-old also committed $1.5 million to WNBA players who chose not to play last season and donated $323,000 to Feeding America last March.

It's possible Irving has done more charitable and racial justice work that simply hasn't been made public. The former Boston Celtics star has generated controversy this season by missing several games and being fined $50,000 after reportedly attending his sister's birthday party without a mask.

But as Jackson's story reminds us, there's more than meets the eye with one of the NBA's most enigmatic and talented players.

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