American rapper, Ye, who was formerly known as Kanye West, has faced backlash from the media after he made comments about the death of George Floyd in his recent interview on Drink Champs.

Read this article to find out details of exactly what Ye said on Drink Champs.

What Did Ye, fka Kanye West Say About George Floyd?

In a recent interview on Drink Champs, Ye claimed George Floyd did not die because former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on his neck for nine and a half minutes. The rapper said Chauvin’s knee “wasn’t even on his neck like that.”

According to Ye, Floyd’s death was because of his fentanyl usage. During the interview, Ye said, “I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out. They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”

Ye made his stance clear by supporting a recent tweet by Candance Owens who also claim George died from the use of fentanyl.

George Floyd’s Family Sue Ye

On Monday, Oct. 17, one of George Floyd’s sisters told FOX 26 in Houston that they were ‘absolutely going to sue over his comments. In a statement shared on Facebook, The Witherspoon Law Group, which represents Roxie, said that it intends to sue the creative for $250 million.

On Oct. 18, George Floyd’s daughter, the child’s mother and their attorneys announced a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Kanye West for his “repugnant” comments on Floyd’s death during an episode of “Drink Champs”.

What Did Ye, fka Kanye West Say About George Floyd?

What Happened To George Floyd?

On May 25, 2020, police were called by a Cup Foods grocery store employee who suspected that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill.

Floyd was forced out of the car he was sitting in after the police came in. They handcuffed him and pinned him on the floor.

Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

In a witness’s cellphone video, two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. Floyd was heard pleading that he could not breathe.

The officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck and back even as emergency medical technicians arrived to treat Floyd.

George Floyd Autopsy Report

According to the medical examiner, Floyd’s heart stopped while he was being restrained and that his death was a homicide, caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use may have increased the likelihood of death.

A second autopsy, commissioned by Floyd’s family, also found his death to be a homicide, specifically citing asphyxia due to neck and back compression.

This ruled out that any underlying medical problems had contributed to Floyd’s death, and said that Floyd being able to speak while under Chauvin’s knee does not mean he could breathe.

What Happened To Derek Chauvin?

Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin was found guilty of all three murder and manslaughter charges on April 20, 2021. On May 12, 2021, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill allowed the prosecution to seek a greater prison sentence for Chauvin after finding that he treated Floyd “with particular cruelty”.

On June 25, Judge Cahill sentenced Chauvin to twenty-two and a half years in prison.


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