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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?