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Monday, September 20, 2010
New Sports Illustrated Column on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Domestic Violence Charges

I have a new column on Floyd Mayweather Jr.--who earned $60 million last year in boxing winnings and endorsements--being charged with beating up his ex-girlfriend and threatening to beat up his kids if they called the police. Here are some excerpts:

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According to those authorities, Mayweather did much more than steal a phone during his argument with Harris. He also allegedly pulled her hair, threw her to the floor and threatened to kill her. Just as troubling, prosecutors claim that Mayweather warned his children, Koraun and Zion, that he would beat them if they called the police.

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Mayweather, who has a history of legal woes, would be classified as a repeat offender. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to two domestic violence counts and one battery count. Those counts stemmed from multiple incidents evidencing Mayweather's questionable judgment and violent acts. The primary incident involved Mayweather physically assaulting Melissa Brim, who is the mother of Mayweather's daughter, Ayanna. While Mayweather dodged prison time on that occasion, his guilty plea can certainly be used against him for purposes of sentencing. The fact that Mayweather's alleged offenses include crimes against his children, could also work against him. Acts deemed particularly egregious may be considered aggravating circumstances that compel an elongated sentence.

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To read the rest, click here


Professor McCann,

It's been awhile since, we've spoken, so I hope everything is going well. Do you think what Mayweather allegedly did meets the Robbery statute? Did he really allegedy do these things to take the cell phone? I am not aware of all the facts, but it seems that is the most serious of the charges, being that it carries the minimum mandatory? Also, who is his criminal defense attorney handling these matters?

Chris Smith, MCSOL, 2009

Blogger Chris -- 9/22/2010 11:54 AM  

I wonder what happen of Mayweather faces Pcquiao.

Anonymous escalante blogger -- 9/23/2010 4:10 AM  

As an athlete, he's brilliant.

But as a person, it doesn't take a genius to see that the man obviously has some issues. We politely refer to this as LMS (Little Man Syndrome).

Anonymous Derek Harguth -- 9/25/2010 2:48 PM  

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