George Floyd’s family said they are considering legal action against Kanye West after the rapper claimed the 46-year-old died of drug use.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing Floyd in May 2020. He knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while the unarmed black man was handcuffed face down in the street screaming “I can’t breathe.”
West (who legally changed his name to Yee) made the allegations in an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast Saturday while discussing a new documentary by conservative commentator Candace Owens — much on West’s part during his recent series of anti-Semitic and racist comments — titled The Greatest Lie Sold. Ever: George Floyd and the Rise of the BLM [Black Lives Matter].
“They hit him with fentanyl, if you look at the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that,” West said on the podcast.
Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt responded to West’s allegations on behalf of the Floyd family.
“While one cannot denigrate the dead, the #GeorgeFloyd family is considering suing over Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death,” Tweeted on October 16.
“The claim that Floyd died of fentanyl and not of the brutality that has been both criminally and civilly proven undermines and downplays the Floyd family’s fight.”
Floyd died as a result of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement submission, restraint and neck compression,” according to final autopsy results from Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner for Hennepin County. Although fentanyl was present in Floyd’s system, it was not enough to be considered fatal.
“I can say with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die from an initial cardiac accident, and that he did not die from a drug overdose,” cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich told the court at the Chauvin trial.
West’s comments were widely condemned by musicians and religious leaders.
Elsewhere in the interview, West went on to make anti-Semitic remarks and said the venue’s owners had canceled four concerts he had scheduled at the Los Angeles SoFi Stadium after tweeting that he was “going to Death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” on October 9. . Twitter removed the tweet for violating the platform’s rules.
In response, the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum invited West to visit “to understand how words can incite horrific violence and genocide.” In the podcast, West replied, “I want you to visit Planned Parenthood, this is the Holocaust Museum.”
After making his remarks about Floyd, West asked podcast hosts if they could do the interview, in reference to his recent appearance on HBO’s The Shop, which has not been aired due to his use of what host Maverick Carter called “hate speech and dangerously dangerous stereotypes.” Portions of an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson were also culled for the West’s bombing of racist conspiracy theories.
West wore a hat emblazoned with “2024,” likely in reference to his intention to hold a second presidential election after his failed attempt in 2020, in which he appeared on only 12 ballot papers and won by less than 60,000 votes. The campaign reportedly violated fundraising rules.
West and Owens have been linked since around 2018 when West tweeted, “I love the way Candice Owens thinks.” Black writer and commentator, best known for her criticism of Black Lives Matter and her support for Trump. Recently, the pair debuted in a “White Lives Matter” shirt at Paris Fashion Week.
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