By Corey Atad.

Kanye West may find himself in legal hot water over some of his recent comments.

Over the weekend, the rapper appeared on the “Drink Champs” podcast, earning public outrage for numerous anti-semitic statements, as well as a claim that George Floyd died of an overdose.

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A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murdering Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was face down on the ground. A video of the incident sparked mass protests around the globe.

Ever since the video went viral, some have falsely claimed that Floyd, who had drugs in his system, had actually died of an overdose unrelated to officer Derek Chauvin’s actions.

During the podcast, West repeated the claim and suggested a conspiracy theory, telling the hosts, “They hit him with the fentanyl, if you look the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”

On Twitter, civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt responded to the rapper’s statement on behalf of Floyd’s family, announcing that they are considering a lawsuit against West.

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

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

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West was roundly criticized on Twitter for his comments about Floyd.


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