floyd-mayweather

An undisputed champion with an impeccable record to match; while his skill is undeniable, outside the ring Floyd Mayweather displays few redeeming qualities. The sport of boxing is a brutal institution where it’s greatest are celebrated, and rightly so, for their prowess inside of the ring.

It also has it’s fair share of detractors, some of who will readily point to fighters like the late Diego “Chico” Corrales or Mike Tyson, as cautionary tales of the danger in that same brutality stepping into everyday life.

Yet despite his own personal transgressions, the branding machine that is “Money” Mayweather, has largely avoided real scrutiny. Even to the point where the latest woman he’s been linked to whether factually or not is actually defending him.

In arguably one of his most impressive bouts, when paired against Corrales in 2001 he would capitalize on Corrales’ growing record of domestic violence as fuel for taunting. In the years to follow however, Mayweather would develop a record of domestic violence himself including; documented assaults on Melissa Brim and Josie Harris (each a mother of his children.)

Most recently, social media became his latest tool for embarrassment, posting sonogram pictures that he alleged were twins that now ex-fiancé Shantel Jackson had aborted. Then, following a brawl between the camps of Mayweather and artist T.I. amidst rumors of infidelity with Tameka “Tiny” Harris (former member of 90s R&B group Xscape and wife of T.I.) Mayweather would go into detail via an interview, stating that “I’ve never slept with her, I never kissed her, never touched her in no inappropriate way.”

Yet less than two months later, at a press conference in regards to his upcoming rematch with Marcos Maidana, footage of Mayweather would emerge in which he appeared to say “I was f*cking his b*tch” after being asked about the ongoing feud with T.I. Just a few hours later however, he would take to his Instagram account to clarify, posting “At the press conference, I said ‘…he thinks I was f*cking his b*tch’ I DID NOT say…’I was f*cking his b*tch.’ I’ve never been with Tiny sexually. I respect her situation and I think she’s a good person. I would never disrespect a marriage.” And the cycle of pettiness and backpedaling continues.

The argument of whether or not Mayweather was provoked in these instances is laughable. He, a champion in the ring is a batterer who seeks ultimate control of his property and any violation of that is provocation in his eyes. Even Harris, the woman in the center of his latest controversy has gone on record to defend his actions.

Oddly enough, despite a clear pattern of cockiness and misogyny, the sports media has remained mostly silent. Happy to cheer on a pristine record versus holding the man behind the gloves accountable for his many antics. It would seem that talent, and most importantly clout, affords some with greater leniency than others. We’ve seen other athletes condemned for less serious transgressions, crucified by the media, while a blind eye has been turned on the cash machine built by Mayweather. To think, Ray Rice is getting it lighter on the chin today than Stephen A. Smith.

While most fans cannot be expected to separate the man from the sport, the media has a responsibility to offer transparency. In that regard they have failed, allowing the myth to cloud the man. Pass after pass has been given to an athlete that quite frankly does not deserve it. While his many altercations with women and public pettiness has been quietly swept under the rug. What message is being sent, that a man with millions and pals like Justin Bieber, has no regard for the same women that both idol and adore both?

In short, the sports media has proven itself blatantly biased. Picking and choosing who is heralded versus who is condemned. One thing remains, even with an abundance of money, one cannot buy class or common sense.

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