The highest-paid athlete in the world, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., has a different perspective on the recent Ray Rice scandal. Mayweather believes that the NFL should have stuck by their original punishment for Rice, which was a two-game suspension.
Floyd Mayweather arrives at an event to promote his Saturday title boxing bout against Marcos Maidana, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco)
“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also. It’s just not caught on video – if that’s safe to say,” Mayweather said during a Sept. 9 press conference promoting his upcoming fight against Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather has a history with domestic violence as well. Beginning June 1, 2012, Mayweather served an 87-day jail term for domestic abuse at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. After serving two months, he was released from prison on Aug. 3. Mayweather took a plea bargain, saving him a trial for felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.
Mayweather also had a civil lawsuit filed against him recently by his former fiancée, who said the fighter assaulted her and kept her from leaving his Las Vegas mansion.
Mayweather still denies all of these accusations and claims that they are all false.
“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” Mayweather said in the recent press conference. “With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With 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. So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”
Less then 24 hours later, Mayweather apologized.
“If I offended anyone I apologize,” he said. “I apologize to the NFL. I strive to be a perfectionist, but no one is perfect. I don’t condone what happened. I’m not even involved in football. I’m a boxer. If I’m not focused on it, I don’t know why anybody else is.”
Mayweather, 37, defends his WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring Welterweight belts and his 46-0 undefeated streak against Maidana Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.