How Has Floyd Mayweather Managed To Avoid All The Domestic Violence Scrutiny In Sports?
Amusing: the video below of Floyd Mayweather arguing with a young woman in a London barber shop on Tuesday (see below). Not so amusing: Mayweather's insanely long rap sheet of violence against women. In a time when domestic violence issues are in the news daily and Roger Goodell is producing flop sweat by the bucketful, why is Mayweather even allowed to box? Why aren't women protesting his fights? Why are the various boxing commission heads who allow him to fight not being asked to resign? Why don't we see the level of scrutiny here that Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson are getting?
Instead, we just get a random woman in a barber shop giving him shit. Well, that's something, I suppose. I'd like to think that this woman was busting his chops intentionally:
WOMAN: "I don't know who you are. What's the big deal?"
WOMAN: "I know Mike Tyson, but not you."
The woman, who appears top be Jamaican, spars with Mayweather for a few rounds in this entertaining video, and appears to get under his skin. Woman: "I like exciting fights, but I don't know you!" And since Mayweather fights are usually pretty boring (jab ... jab ... evade ... (pause) ... jab) we're declaring her the victor here by decision.
Mayweather is lucky to have any fan following at all. With any other athlete in a team sport, with his rap sheet his career would be over. But this is boxing, the last sporting refuge of old-school misogyny, and Mayweather just keeps on going on. Look at his record:
* In 2002, Mayweather received a six-month suspended sentence, two days of house arrest and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service on two counts of domestic violence against Melissa Brim, the mother of his daughter Ayanna. According to police, he punched Brim in the neck and then fled before police arrived. In Oct. of 2001 he struck her in the face with a car door, then punched her. He pleased guilty to both.
* In 2003, was found guilty on two counts of battery against two female friends of his girlfriend, Josie Harris -- allegedly punching one in the jaw and one in the head in an altercation at a nightclub. He received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to undergo "impulse control counseling". The guilty verdict was vacated in 2005.
* In 2005 his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, filed a domestic battery report accusing Mayweather of battery in the past, but those charges were dropped after Harris testified that she had lied.
* In 2010 Mayweather was arrested for felony theft of a cell phone and two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one misdemeanor domestic-battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges involving Harris and their children. On Dec. 21, 2011, he received 87 days in county jail on the misdemeanor battery charge against Harris, and two counts of misdemeanor harassment against the children. He served two months.
Maybe he sees the writing on the wall: Mayweather has announced that he's retiring in 2015. He'll be content to to fade to the background, fight Manny Pacquiao only on Twitter, count his money and spar with feisty women from a barber shop chair. But Mayweather's greatest achievement will not be an undefeated record -- it will be his escape from the domestic violence scrutiny that landed on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Ray McDonald. Even with his impressive rap sheet, Mayweather managed to serve only 60 days in jail. That was his greatest escape.
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