Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed compassion to Donald Sterling after the former L.A. Clippers owner made racist comments to a former gal pal that were leaked in a recording.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mayweather, who fights a rematch against Marcos Maidana on Saturday in Las Vegas, is coming to Ray Rice’s defense, saying the NFL reacted excessively by changing its two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension after a video emerged of Rice leveling his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
“They had said that they had suspended him for two games,” Mayweather told a small group of reporters on Tuesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “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.”
Somehow, Mayweather, who has his own history with domestic violence, seemed to play down the ferocity of the tape that showed Rice knocking Janay Palmer unconscious and then dragging her limp body out of the elevator.
“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said after admitting he saw the alarming video of Rice. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say. You know I wish Ray Rice nothing but the best,” he went on. “He’s probably going through a lot right now because football is his love. It’s no different with me being in the fight game if they told me, ‘You know Floyd, the signed the biggest deal in sports history and a couple months later the deal is taken away from you’- it’s like ‘Oh man.’ It’s not really the money. It’s the love of the sport.”
Mayweather (46-0) was walking on thin ice with those comments.
Mayweather served two months in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to reduced domestic abuse charges arising from an altercation he had with his former girlfriend while their children were in the room.
Wait, what? Nothing like a woman beater having another woman beater’s back. Just really warms the heart. Glad Floyd is more worried about the NFL sticking to their word than the overall safety of women, though. NEED to stick to your word. Even if your word is so absurd that the majority of the human race is calling for you to resign. Also, what worse things are going on in households? Murder? Punching your wife in the face is a pretty serious thing to happen. Personally, I think Floyd should stick to reading lessons and leave the domestic violence talk to people who don’t beat up women. Just a thought.
Ok, maybe that isn’t true, but I think he is pretty well versed in causing women physical pain. If your deep dark secret desires is to get knocked out and dragged through a hotel like a rag doll.
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Hey NFL Players, If You Want a Mini Two Game Vacation Just Beat the Shit Out of Your Wife, It’s All Good
The suspension is expected to be announced Thursday, sources told Schefter.
Rice allegedly struck his then-fiancée unconscious in February in Atlantic City, N.J. His legal situation was wrapped up on May 20, when he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program to avoid trial on aggravated assault charges. Rice then met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16.
Hell of a precedent for Roger Goodell to set. Forget about the suspensions for smoking weed. Are they dumb? Absolutely, but it is illegal, so if you’re smoking it and get caught you’re kind of a moron. But two games for beating your wife? And let’s drop the “allegedly” talk. I know it’s a legal term and you have to use it but when you have Ray Rice on video dragging his future wife by the hair while she lays lifeless on the ground I think allegedly can be thrown out the goddamn window. I have no doubt that if Ray Rice wasn’t a popular figure in the NFL he would’ve gotten a lot more games, but that’s just the way Goodell rolls. Support the midget wife beaters at all costs, and just suspend the substance abusers for as many games as you can because they’re obviously trash. What a piece of shit. I hate Roger Goodell with the fire of a thousand suns. But I hate Ray Rice more.
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