Stephen Jackson Vows to Walk George Floyd’s Daughter Down the Aisle If That Day Ever Comes
Stephen Jackson is a retired basketball player who player 14 season in the NBA for multiple teams. He was also a good friend of George Floyd‘s. Floyd died on May 25 after a police officer who was arresting him kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
As a result of his death, Floyd left behind a daughter and a son. His daughter, Gianna, is just 6 years old, and as Gianna’s mother said in a press conference, “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.”
But now Jackson is stepping up in a major way.
“Why is it not that simple when someone is on video getting murdered? Why is it not that simple?” Jackson asked. “Why do we have to see her pain? Why do we have to see a daughter get raised without her father?”
It was then that Jackson turned to Gianna’s mother Roxie and vowed to be there for her and Gianna. He vowed to be the one the 6-year-old can turn to when she needs a father-figure in her life.
“But you know what, there’s a lot of stuff you said that he’s going to miss, that I’m going to be there for,” Jackson continued. “I’m going to walk her down the aisle, I’m going to be there for her, I’m going to be there to wipe your tears. You hear what I’m saying? I’m going to 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 going to get justice for my brother. We’re not leaving. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to send my brother home in beautiful ways this week. But I’m telling you, we’re not leaving, we’re demanding justice, and I’m tired of seeing that. I’m not going to see her hurt every day like this. We need justice, we demand it, and some kind of way goddammit we’re going to get it. Thank you all for coming, but this s— has to stop, man. It has to stop.”
Shortly after, a video of Gianna and Jackson went viral. The video showed Gianna sitting on Jackson’s shoulders as the little girl yelled, “My daddy changed the world” with a huge smile on her face.
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.