Former Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins offers to pay for Stephon Clark's funeral

Former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has reached out to the family of Stephon Clark, offering to cover funeral costs, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Clark was shot and killed on Sunday by Sacramento police, who mistook his iPhone for a gun, while standing in his grandparents’ backyard. Police fired 20 rounds at the 22-year-old.

Clark’s family set up a GoFundMe page earlier this week to rase money to cover funeral costs with a $50,000 goal, which it had already surpassed by Friday afternoon.

Clarks death has sparked numerous protests throughout Sacramento — including one Thursday night ahead of the Kings game against the Atlanta Hawks. That protest, which started at city hall, moved over to the Golden 1 Center shortly before game-time. The protests resulted in the arena being put on lockdown, and delayed the game by 20 minutes.

Fans who did not enter the arena early were turned away for safety reasons. Only about 2,000 fans ended up making it into the arena.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé took the mic after the game, giving a speech with a message of both compassion and healing.

The All-Star center was traded from Sacramento to New Orleans last season after playing more than six seasons with the Kings. He has a large history of outreach in the Sacramento community, too.

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 Stephon Clark, 22, was killed in a fatal officer involved shooting in California in March 2018.

(Photo: GoFundMe)

Police helicopter and body camera footage was released of the shooting.


(Photo: Sacramento Police Dept.)

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Sequita Thompson, (L) grandmother of Stephon Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police, cries as she speaks during a news conference with civil rights attorney Ben Crump (R) on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Police helicopter and body camera footage was released of the shooting.

(Photo: Sacramento Police Dept.)
Candles light a sidewalk memorial to Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
The house where police shooting victim Stephon Clark was slain is seen in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: A woman cries as civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks during a news conference at Sacramento City Hall on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, has hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A sign is seen painted on the window of a car during a protest over the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Demonstrators gather to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Tanya Faison (L) with Black Lives Matter of Sacramento yells at a man who had confronted her before the start of a news conference with Civil rights attorney Ben Crump at Sacramento City Hall on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26: Sequita Thompson, (C) grandmother of Stephon Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police, cries during a news conference with civil rights attorney Ben Crump on March 26, 2018 in Sacramento, California. The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers, have hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the Clark family in a wrongful death suit against the Sacramento police department. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Deonnah Conway holds candles during a protest over the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Tami Collins, shows a placard protesting the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police, during a demonstration in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sharon Bernstein
The house where police shooting victim Stephon Clark was slain is seen in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Jayden Sherman (R) and David Massey hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Mar 22, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; A young demonstrator holds a photo of Stephon Clark to the glass of the doors to Golden 1 Center as protestors block the entrance to the arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Demonstrators gather to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Demonstrators hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
Demonstrators hold candles during a vigil to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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Cousins paid for the funeral of Jaulon “JJ” Clavo, a Grant High School football player who was shot before a playoff game in 2015. He has held free basketball camps at Sacramento High School, and even bought a new scoreboard for the school’s gym. Cousins has frequently participated in forums with police in Mobile, Alabama, his hometown, and Sacramento, too.

Cousins also won the inaugural Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award last October for his work in Alabama, New Orleans, Sacramento and South Africa.

Cousins — who is out for the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in January — said he would always consider Sacramento home, vowing to keep his ties to the community.

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LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 19: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats is pictured during the game against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Rupp Arena on November 19, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 21: Darnell Dodson #3 (left) DeMarcus Cousins #15 (center) and DeAndre Liggins #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate following the 88-44 victory over the Drexel Dragons at Rupp Arena on December 21, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. The victory was the 2,000th in the history of Kentucky basketball. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 27: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats sets to shoot a free throw against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: (L-R) DeMarcus Cousins #15, Ramon Harris #5 and Darnell Dodson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after Cousins made a 2-point basket at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the final of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 24: DeMarcus Cousins stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted fifth by The Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings poses for a portrait on June 26, 2010 at the ARCO Arena in oacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 8: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after the play against the Washington Wizards on December 8, 2010 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins (C) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks players defend during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Sacramento, California February 9, 2011. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 1: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings goes to the basket during the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on December 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Here is a close-up of the Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins #15 while playing the Denver Nuggets on March 23, 2012 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) scores past Brooklyn Nets guard Keith Bogans (10) in the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York, January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) works against New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Sacramento Kings defeat the New York Knicks 106-101 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
DeMarcus Cousins (C) of the U.S. slams a dunk against Serbia during their Basketball World Cup final game in Madrid September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Nov 15, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Kings 117-116 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Western Conference center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (15) is interviewed during media day for the 2016 NBA All Star Game at Sheraton Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; USA forward Carmelo Anthony (15) and center DeMarcus Cousins (12) during practice at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
2016 Rio Olympics - Basketball - Quarterfinal - Men's Quarterfinal USA v Argentina - Carioca Arena 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/8/2016. Demarcus Cousins (USA) of the USA and Deandre Jordan (USA) of the USA joke around on the bench . REUTERS/Jim Young TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Nov 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka (7) defends Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) in the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) moves the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings speaks with the media during media availability for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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