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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: In trouble again?
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. appears extraordinary at at least three things:
1) Boxing (he has a 43-0 record, with 26 knockouts)
2) Making tons of money boxing (he's reportedly worth about $115 million)
3) Encountering legal problems (he's pleaded guilty to several domestic abuse-related crimes, has spent time in jail, and has dealt with several lawsuits)
His latest legal woe? Possibly violating his probation, which could send him back to jail. I have a new column for Sports Illustrated on this development and what it may mean for Mayweather's career. Here's an excerpt:
Last week, Las Vegas police investigated an alleged verbal altercation between Mayweather and an unidentified woman in a home owned by one of Mayweather's companies. According to records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mayweather apparently argued with the woman, took personal possessions from her, and then later had an associate return the items he took. Although she was not identified as the woman in question, Melissa Brim, the mother of one of Mayweather's daughter, reportedly lives at this address. In 2002, Mayweather pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges stemming from an altercation with Brim. . . . .
In fairness to Mayweather, police did not uncover evidence of physical violence and he has not been charged with a crime. But that may not matter. The typical test for violating probation would not require Mayweather to be convicted of a crime or even get arrested. Instead, merely spending time with known criminals or traveling to locations deemed off-limits by the terms of probation can be enough. Considering Mayweather's history with Brim, there's reason to believe his probation compels him to avoid conflict with her. Mayweather's alleged dispossession of the woman's personal belongings might also be grounds for violating probation.
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