I try not to write Bang posts angry. I know I’ve done it in the past, so there’s no need to start sending in paragraphs pointing out that I am a hypocrite. But I’m trying to get better. Anyway, when Armando sent me this article last night, I couldn’t not say something.
A judge in Las Vegas has delayed deciding on an emergency motion filed to get Floyd Mayweather out of seclusion in prison or get him sent to house arrest for the rest of his 87-day jail sentence. His personal doctor said he was concerned for the fighter, noticing during a recent visit that Mayweather had lost muscle mass and that a lack of exercise could keep him from ever fighting again. Mind you, this is a three-month sentence. If he can throw himself so far out of shape in three months as to not be able to return to action, maybe he shouldn’t be returning to action.
I applaud the prosecutor whose fighting this motion, saying that this would further soften a punishment that was already weakened when Mayweather was allowed to push his surrender date so that he could fight Miguel Cotto in May. And she’s right. Just because this guy’s got more money than God (and makes sure that everyone within a 50-mile radius of him knows it) doesn’t mean he should be above the law. There’s already too many cases where it looks like money can buy your way in or out of justice.
Let us not forget why Mayweather is in jail at the moment. He pleaded guilty back in December on misdemeanor domestic battery charges for attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of the couple’s children watched. Look, I may not have much of a personal “code of morals” left (whatever that’s supposed to be), but there’s one thing that I learned early and have always maintained as a man. It’s very simple, and that’s that you never lay a hand on a woman. Call it false chivalry if you must, but I have no patience for wife-beaters. That’s my personal stance. So when someone who admits hitting his wife/girlfriend/ex wants any type of leniency, I show them a finger. And if I were the judge, I add time to his sentence for the gross arrogance of trying to get out of punishment for his actions just because of his celebrity and the size of his bank account. In fact, that hearing would go pretty quickly and I’d imagine sound something like this”
Lawyer: “We move to have our client serve out the rest of his sentence in house arrest because of medical concerns over him not being able to keep up his physical conditioning in prison.”
Me: “Is he sick? Injured? Is his medical well-being in jeopardy?”
Lawyer: “No, but he’s lost muscle mass and he’s not eating like he’s used to…”
Me: “Well, he is in jail.”
Lawyer: “Right, but all we’re looking for is fairness to allow…”
Me: “He’s in jail. He admitted to committing a crime. Where does fairness come into this? Motion denied.”
Lawyer: “But he may never fight again after he gets out!”
Me: “Well, then he shouldn’t have confused his girlfriend for a heavy bag. Motion denied.”
UPDATE: So I wrote the above this morning and forgot to post it. Since then, the judge in his case today denied his motion and told him he will stay in jail for the remainder of his sentence. Thank you for, at least once, showing a spoiled millionaire athlete that all the money in the world doesn’t put you above the law. You may be worth $50 million, but you’re still a $50 million wife-beating piece of crap and you’ll serve out your punishment.