Floyd Mayweather has trouble keeping his mouth shut so you knew he had to throw in his two cents on the whole Ray Rice fiasco. The controversial boxer pulled no punches when he said Ray Rice was getting a “raw deal”.
Mayweather Jr. told the on that the NFL should’ve gone with the initial two-game ban that even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says was a big mistake.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, Rice was given his release from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely when a video released this week showed him punching and knocking out Janay Palmer, Rice’s now wife, in an elevator. National outrage has exploded across almost every media outlet about domestic abuse in the NFL.
Even the National Organization of Women has called for Goodell to step down. Mayweather didn’t help his PR cause by coming out for Rice as the boxer is currently being sued by a former fiancée for allegedly beating and humiliating her. Mayweather told reporters:
“They had said that they had suspended him for two games. Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word. If you tell me you’re going to do something, do what you say you’re going to do. But once again, I’m not in the NFL, so I can’t really speak about the situation.”, according to The Ring magazine.
This inflammatory statement comes from a jerk who in 2012 spent 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to domestic battery charges. Mayweather went on to dig himself deeper by commenting on the recently released elevator video.
“I think there are a lot worst things that go on in other people’s households also. It’s just not caught on video,” said Mayweather.
Great comment Floyd, it almost sounds like he’s saying domestic violence is ok as long as no one catches it on video. Let’s take into account who is making these statements, the 37-year-old fighter has a long history of violent behavior outside the ring.
In 2002, he plead guilty to two counts of domestic violence and was given a six-month suspended sentence and two days of house arrest. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in 2004 after a fight in a Las Vegas nightclub with two women and given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered into counseling. In perhaps his most self-delusional statement of all, Mayweather said he’s the victim of false accusations.
“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” Mayweather said, according to ESPN. “With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”
Why anyone would listen to Mayweather on this incredibly serious issue is beyond understanding. Why he felt the need to comment on the Rice situation himself is even more confusing.
Mayweather has a big fight coming up this Saturday and will put his WBC/WBA welterweight titles up for grabs when he fights Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. With any luck he’ll lose so we don’t have to hear the idiot run his mouth again about an issue that he obviously has zero business talking about.
If we really thought domestic violence was unforgivable, as many proclaim, few would buy Mayweather’s fights on pay-per-view. The country, the NFL, the justice system, and the culture surrounding domestic abuse victims still clearly have a long way to go. If anything, hopefully all of this outrage will bring some much needed attention to this ongoing problem.