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Admitted Domestic Abuser Prepares to Rake in Over $30 Million on Saturday

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    My father has taught me countless lessons throughout my life that I continue to abide by and will teach to a future child of mine. These lessons include respecting elders, surrounding oneself with positive influences, and treating everyone, even those with whom we may disagree, with dignity and respect. One of the other main lessons he taught me from a very young age is to respect women and to never, ever lay a hand on them. Unfortunately, far too many professional athletes and celebrities alike believe they don't have to heed the latter of these generally accepted life rules.

    As convicted domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather is set to rake in 30 plus million for a few minutes in a boxing ring on Saturday, September 13, we must begin to think about why we so easily forgive our favorite sports or celebrity personality for beating their significant others. What is it about being famous that makes someone above the law. Not just that, but why do we so easily forgive someone for committing a heinous crime because we are partial to watching them compete on television?

    For those of you who aren't aware, Mayweather plead guilty to beating his then girlfriend in 2010. Mayweather plead guilty to punching his girlfriend and pulling her hair. His punishment for the crime he admitted to doing? Sixty days in county jail. His punishment from the world of boxing? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. His reward for being a convicted domestic abuser? He is now the richest athlete in the world. By a long shot.

    Mayweather's behavior back in 2010 may not be an isolated incident, either. Just last week his ex-fiance Shantel Jackson filed a civil lawsuit accusing Mayweather of false imprisonment and civil harrassment. The lawsuit claims that Mayweather forced 'Miss Jackson,' as he often referred to her, of not allowing her to leave his home without one of his employees in tow and that he was verbally abusive to her on more than one occasion. Mayweather has yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit.

    You may be wondering how someone can admit to beating their significant other, spend 90 days in jail, and go on to become the richest athlete in the entire world. I'm sure many people are wondering that. The interesting thing about boxing is that there is no central governing body that has a code of conduct for those who participate in the matches they hold, which means that each boxer is essentially an independent contractor. This is how a boxer can beat his girlfriend, serve his time, and become the highest paid athlete in the world.

    It would be bad enough if Mayweather was the only celebrity that committed these heinous crimes, but he is just one in a long list of celebrities who have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. The most recent example of this is now former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, who was caught on tape punching his then fiance in the face, knocking her out cold, and then dragging her unconscious body out of a casino elevator. Rice was initially suspended for two games because there was only video of him dragging his fiances lifeless body out of the elevator and no video of him actually hitting her. Only after video surfaced of him punching her at full force did he get cut from the team and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. How the NFL handled this fiasco is borderline criminal, but at least they have the ability to kick a domestic abuser out of the league, unlike in the world of boxing.

    In the world of boxing it is entirely acceptable to be convicted of beating up a woman and go on to become the richest athlete in the world. So I encourage you to ask yourself this one question if you find yourself rooting for Mayweather this weekend: would you feel comfortable if he was dating your daughter or would you fear for her safety?
  • Center Left Democrat
    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Boxing lost its appeal for me a long, long time ago, so I haven't a watched a boxing match in DECADES.

    Few people demonstrate the low status of the sport as well as Mike Tyson. Although the bio below gives you more information about him, here's a quick summary:

    1) By the time he was 13, he had been arrested 38 times

    2) during his boxing career, he earned $300,000,000, but squandered it all. He filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003, and now has a net worth of roughly $1,000,000. largfely from earnings from TV and movies

    3) In the early 1990's, he was found guilty of raping a model named Desiree Washington , and sentenced to 10 years in prison (he served 3 years)

    Having said that, tough, most people are still fond of Mohammed Ali (aka Cassius Clay) but the classic "good guy" of boxing is Max Schmeling.

    American Joe Louis fought 2 fights against the German in the 1930's. Schmeling won the first fight (in 1936) by a knockout in round 12, but Louis later demolished Schmeling in the very first round of their second match up in 1938.

    Although Louis became the world champion of boxing, his fiances (like Tyson's) went away later in life, and he later became involved in drugs.

    After retiring from boxing, Schmeling became a successful Coca Cola executive, and he also became friends with Louis He started to visit him at least once a year in Vegas, where Louis worked as a greeter. Schmeling gave financial support to Louis on a regular basis, and paid for part of the cost of his funeral.
  • Center Left
    Denton, TX
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    The sport of boxing has had a terrible reputation for as long as I can remember, probably dating back before I was even born. And a long history of allowing criminals to compete, for the very reason you pointed out, no central governing body. Its obvious to me that this is allowed to happen, especially with the Mayweather situation, because of the millions and millions of dollars that a name like that brings in. I mean, without Mayweather, the boxing world loses its one great player, and its mass appeal goes severely downhill. It's not right (of course) but will continue to happen because of the money.
  • Democrat
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    ........and now we have that media favorite "cage fighting" or that ultra fighting technique with hands and feet. Boxing is so past history now with the new media sports events in cage fighting. It's the one for all wrestling, boxing, and martial arts all into one match event. The fighters look like something out of a vegetable garden with their cauliflower appendages, scars and puffed-up bruises. Oh, and those tattoos that make the fighter look soooo baddddd!

    What a stupid display of humanity, I can remember boxing being a sport enjoyed, but than the news media gave the public the behind the scenes lives of boxing. For every spouse abused, there were more children abused, regular drug dosages and the boxing promoters that stole from their fighters. People feeding off of people is boxing's legacy. Now with the evolution of ultra fighting in sports, even the professional wrestling is taking second in media sports draw. Some will say the cage fighting display is similar to dogs and chickens fighting each other for illegal betting. Our humanity has devolved into animals fighting for a blood sport.

    Yes, there has been some survival stories of boxers that showed a good fight and provided people with a sporting glory. However, with every good story you have there are hundreds of stories that ends poorly for all those fighters in the boxing world. Financial ruin, health issues and untimely deaths are their legacy in boxing.

    Before retirement, my brother-n-law was a trauma emergency doctor and often the only one on a team that would be responsible to keeping the patient alive and repairing injury before worse conditions occur. He was shocked how people would come into his emergency room beaten, blooded and in near comatose conditions from a legal ultra fighting event in a public city arena. Why would anybody subject themselves to sheer brutality for a sport that gave you a few thousand dollars for participating. Even if it was a national with possible millions involved, the hospital bills could take any money received from participating in that event. Also, the life ending injuries could add a life-long suffering, if not a quick death. My Uncle was a professional boxer in the 60's as a welter weight. He was going for national titles and suffered head trauma so sever that he has had to live with medication and has relapses of the injury causing severe episodes of uncontrolled anger.

    I'm sorry, I cannot find anything sporting of people pummeling each other for the sake of giving us enjoyment. I see nothing in humanity as acceptable in boxing, ultra fighting, and even wrestling. As for exercise, I can concur for the sport, but not for the elimination of an opponent. I even cringe on other sports, such as football and soccer, where illegal acts done on the playing field to eliminate the competition. There will come a day as humanity continues in its journey toward evolving, we will see more blood lust, mayhem and crippling acts in sporting events. Hey, it's all for our PLEASURE!