World renowned professional boxer Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest paid athlete. What you may or may not know about him is that he finds himself among the ranks of Ray Rice, Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, and other professional athletes who have been brutally abusive towards women.
According to a police report, Mayweather once grabbed the mother of his children by her hair and punched her in the head, several times. Punches from arguably, one of the world’s best boxers. Let the imagery of that sink in for a moment. If you have ever seen a Mayweather fight (I have not), you can picture what this brutality would look like. And, what’s worse, he did it right in front of their three children.
Additionally, he threatened to kill her, and then threatened to kill his own children. This information in the police report is sourced by none other than his own child, who called the police while his mother was being attacked.
His punishment? A plea to a reduced charge and then two months in jail – after which he returned to his normal life of making over 100 million dollars per year. His most recent fight alone brought him over $30 million.
Yet, when we hear cases like Ray Rice and others regarding domestic abuse, people turn against the athlete (as they should), their professional organizations suspend them (as they should), and their reputation is tarnished (as it should be). But, not with Mayweather, who received no punishment from the boxing commission and remains revered by fans all over the world.
Why? Why is this? Why is a man who is guilty of such atrocities still idolized by millions and laughing all the way to the bank? Are we that blind as a society to just ignore what someone does in their personal life because they give us entertainment? Entertainment that we pay them for, no less.
I, for one, will never pay any money to support this woman-beater (many other women have come forward with similar allegations against him), and perhaps it is time for more people to start asking themselves why they would, too.
Speaking of money, to prove there is no end to the depths of the Mayweather dirtbaggery, after his $32 million fight he racked up a $25,000+ tab on food and drinks. The tip he left the waitress? ZERO.
As if this information didn’t make your skin crawl enough, I would suggest watching this short clip of CNN’s Rachel Nichols discussing the issue further and interviewing Mayweather shortly before his most recent fight.
Mayweather blatantly denies the truth of any of these claims despite jail time and eyewitness accounts from his own kids. He closes out the interview by saying people are entitled to their own opinions.
You can have your own opinions, Floyd, but you can’t have your own facts.
These are the people we are going to give millions of dollars to? These are the people we are going to pay to see perform? These are the people we are teaching our youth to idolize and look up to? Why? Because they’ve got a fleet of exotic cars?
Here’s an idea – let’s start giving our time, attention, and respect to those who actually make the world a better place and taking it away from those who don’t. Maybe then they would get the message.
Imagine for a moment what would happen if everyone who bought a ticket to a Mayweather fight or to watch it on Pay Per View donated half of that amount to a charity?
What a better world it would be…
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