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George Floyd’s family is considering suing Ye West (formerly Kanye West) for saying Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose.

Ye sat down with retired rapper N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for a marathon session of “Drink Champs” that covered a wide range of topics, including Floyd’s death.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020 during an arrest after he was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a store in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ye insisted that fentanyl pills caused Floyd’s death and not ex-officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

“I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out,” Ye said. “One of the things that his two roommates said was they want a tall guy like me, and the day that he died, he said a prayer for eight minutes. He said a prayer for eight minutes. They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”

Floyd’s family lawyer Lee Merritt tweeted on Sunday:

“While one cannot defame the dead, the family of #GeorgeFloyd is considering suit for Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death.

Claiming Floyd died from fentanyl not the brutality established criminally and civilly undermines & diminishes the Floyd family’s fight.”

Despite Ye’s claim that Chauvin didn’t kneel on Floyd’s neck, cell phone video showed Chauvin kneeling directly on the back of Floyd’s neck.

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Chauvin was later found guilty of murder and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Ye also addressed the corporate backlash over his anti-Semitic remarks.

“The Jewish media didn’t like the wrongthink – as Candace Owens puts it – of the idea of a Black man wearing “white lives matter.” So they sent all the [unintelligible] at me to say ‘Oh, you don’t love Black people if you say white lives matter.’ But guess what, my baby mama white and her life matters, Meek Mills.”

In technology news, Ye announced he is buying “free speech platform” Parler after he was blocked on Instagram and Twitter for making anti-Semitic statements.

Parlement Technologies, which owns Parler, confirmed in a statement it had reached an agreement to sell Parler to Ye.

“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.

He joined Parler on Monday.

Parler has been accused of providing a safe haven to racists and hatemongers.

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