George Floyd’s family has said it may sue Kanye West for suggesting Floyd’s brutal, caught-on-camera death under the knee of a murderous Minnesota cop was really a fentanyl overdose.
“While one cannot defame the dead, the family of George Floyd is considering suit for Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death,” their attorney, Lee Merritt, confirmed late Sunday.
“Claiming Floyd died from fentanyl not the brutality established criminally and civilly undermines and diminishes the Floyd family’s fight.”
Merritt said that “members of the Floyd family contacted me distraught over the reprehensible remarks” that Kanye shared in an hours-long interview on the “Drink Champs” podcast Sunday.
During that boozy chat, West — now using the name Ye — said he was inspired by watching “The Greatest Lie Ever Sold,” the documentary about Black Lives Matter by Candace Owens, whom the rapper modeled his controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts with.
“They hit him with the fentanyl,” West insisted of the May 2020 death of 46-year-old dad Floyd that sparked international race riots and protests.
“If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that,” Ye insisted of then-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who was later convicted of murder.
Ye also dismissed Floyd’s emotive cries for his mother, which was captured in onlookers’ harrowing video of his death while pinned to the ground by four cops, with Chauvin’s knee on his neck.
“They said he screamed for his mama — Mama was his girlfriend. It’s in the documentary,” said Ye, who called himself “Moses out here” and the new “Godfather Michael” Corleone.
Chauvin — who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck even after he’d gone limp — had also tried to blame drugs found in Floyd’s system for his death.
Chauvin accepted as much when he pleaded guilty to a federal charge for depriving Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable force from a police officer.
“The defendant held his left knee across Mr. Floyd’s neck, back, and shoulder, and his right knee on Mr. Floyd’s back and arm,” his plea agreement in that case stated.
“As Mr. Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, the defendant kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body, even after Mr. Floyd became unresponsive. This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd,” it added.
As well as a potential lawsuit, the statements by West — who is already under fire for anti-Semitism — sparked further outrage by civil rights leaders.
Activist Lance Cooper was among many who said that “the Floyd family should sue Kanye just like Sandy Hook families sued Alex Jones.”
“George Floyd didn’t die because of fentanyl, that racist overdose theory was used to smear his name in court. He died because Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes,” Cooper tweeted.
Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, said she was “praying for George Floyd’s family who, after erroneous, terribly insensitive comments that never should have been made, are enduring more today than they were yesterday.”
During the chat, Kanye wore a cap with “2024” on the front and made clear that he planned another run for the White House.