Who was George Floyd?
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As George Floyd is laid to rest in Houston, family members and friends remember the man who sparked a movement.
As per those who knew him, he was a man who was kind to people around him,, in the Third Ward of Houston where he grew and everywhere else he went.
Floyd was recalled by family members as a man everyone wanted to be around. Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, said he was like “a general” that everyone wanted to follow.
Growing up in a single-parent household, Floyd was remembered as a loving, supportive and guiding presence by his siblings at a memorial in Minneapolislast week.
“He was like a big brother,” Terai Lawson, who grew up in Houston, told National Public Radio in an interview that aired on Tuesday morning.
Terai is the younger brother of Ortierre Lawson, Floyd’s friend and former football team mate.
Terai said Floyd took an interested in his sports life. “I always mysteriously see him in the stands, watching me play basketball all the way through high school,” Terai said.
Floyd was an enthusiastic sportsman. Having an height of 6’4″ (194cm) and loved basketball. He was a huge fan of LeBron James, star player for the Los Angeles Lakers who made his mark on basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“He was the biggest LeBron James fan,” Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams recalled at his eulogy service in Minneapolis. When James won the championship with the Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA finals, Floyd was elated.
“When the [Cavaliers] came back on the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, and I remember the very first phone call. I told him, ‘You’re too happy. You sound like you won a championship.’ ”
Floyd responded: “Man, you know how I feel about LeBron. I did win a championship”.