Superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was recently released from jail after turning himself in last Friday. He was charged with grand larceny stemming from a dispute with an ex-girl friend, the Associated Press reports.

According to AP, Mayweather was released on $3,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Las Vegas Court Nov. 9. A police report stated Mayweather hit and threatened to kill his ex, 30-year-old Josie Harris, before taking her iPhone during an argument on Sept. 9 at her home in southwest Las Vegas.

“I’m going to have you both disappear,” the police report alleged the 33-year-old boxing star said in frustration about Harris’ relationship with another man. AP states police initially identified the incident as a domestic violence battery but changed the charge to grand larceny in Monday’s police report. The new report is similar to statements Harris made Sept. 9 in Clark County Family Court as she attempted to get an order of protection against Mayweather. The only difference is the detail of her iPhone being taken.

If convicted, Mayweather could face up to five years in jail for stealing items valued at less than $2,500.

Harris and Mayweather have three children together, from ages 7 to 10, and experienced an “on and off” relationship for 15 years. Harris told AP they lived together for seven years before splitting in May and that she was aware he’d planned to evict her from the house he owns.

According to Monday’s police report, Mayweather initially visited the house to give Harris $200 to put under their daughter’s pillow as a gift from the tooth fairy. He also allegedly gave his son a new iPhone. His son told police he witnessed his father hitting his mother (Harris) and heard him threaten to beat them if they left the house or called police.

Mayweather, with a 41-0 undefeated record as a professional boxer, is most famous for his flashy, outspoken and often controversial personality outside of the boxing ring. He made sports headlines a couple of weeks ago for blasting racist comments towards fellow superstar boxer Manny Pacquiao in an video posted on uStream.com. He apologized just days later for his comments, saying he was joking and he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.

Mayweather’s comments include calling Pacquiao, a native of the Philippines, a “yellow chump,” and claiming he will “make that make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor