Kings’ Harrison Barnes to pay for funeral expenses for Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed by police officer in her home
Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes and his wife will pay for the funeral expenses for Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed by a police officer in her Forth Worth home.
Barnes used to play for the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas traded him to the Kings last season.
Harrison Barnes just talked about he and his wife paying for the funeral for Atatiana Jefferson. Said his family wants to help ease the burden on her family after her killing. Also mentioned the killing of Andre Emmett when talking about gun violence in the Dallas area.
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) October 17, 2019
Kings forward Harrison Barnes, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, has offered to pay for funeral expenses for Atatiana Jeffereson, who was killed by a police officer in her Ft. Worth home. He explains below. pic.twitter.com/x9bWwZeDAc
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) October 17, 2019
NBA players are always using their voice, platform and money to help others in need. This is a great gesture by Barnes and his wife to help out the Jefferson family.
Barnes, entering his first full season with the Kings, averaged 14.3 points in 28 games with Sacramento last season while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Barnes got a new four-year, $85 million contract from the Kings this offseason.
Back in 2018 when he was with the New Orleans Pelicans, All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins paid for the funeral of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by city police in his grandmother’s backyard. Former MVP Derrick Rose has also paid for funerals in his hometown of Chicago.
Barnes, one of the veteran leaders of the Kings, has career averages of 13.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 540 games with the Golden State Warriors, Mavs and Kings.