Kanye West recently challenged the death of George Floyd and made a claim that fentanyl was the cause of death and not the fact that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck.
While appearing on the Drink Champs podcast on Sunday (Oct. 16), West who now goes by Ye, gave his commentary on The Greatest Live Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM documentary which is written by and stars conservative political commentator Candace Owens.
“They hit (Floyd) with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that,” Ye said, speaking to Drink Champs host N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “They said he screamed for his mama; mama was his girlfriend. It’s in the documentary.”
The documentary takes a look at the “racially-divided aftermath” of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after being restrained by Chauvin while in police custody back in May 2020.
Floyd’s death was officially ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office with the cause being “cardiopulmonary arrest,” complicated by “restraint and neck compression,” BET.com previously reported.
Ye’s comments on Floyd now have the Floyd family, who is represented by civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, considering a lawsuit.
“While one cannot defame the dead, the family of #GeorgeFloyd is considering a suit for Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death,” Merritt wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Claiming Floyd died from fentanyl not the brutality established criminally and civilly undermines & diminishes the Floyd family’s fight.”
In other Kanye news, the multi-hyphenated creative has agreed to buy Parler, a controversial social media platform tailored to conservative views.
According to Bloomberg, Parlement Technologies, the parent company behind Parler, announced Monday (Oct. 17) it planned to sell the social media platform to the Donda artist for an undisclosed amount.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” Ye said in a statement on Monday.