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Tue Sep 9, 2014, 07:59 PM

Why is Floyd Mayweather lauded while Ray Rice is banished?

Roger Goodell was rightfully pilloried for his meek suspension of Ray Rice, and he would be playing in 2 games were it not for the TMZ tape.

However, professional boxer Floyd Mayweather is fighting this weekend on Showtime PPV (owned by parent company CBS) and is guaranteed at least $32 from CBS.

http://deadspin.com/the-trouble-with-floyd-mayweather-1605217498

Mr. Mayweather spent nearly three months in jail for domestic assault in 2013, and was given glowing media coverage upon his release. Mayweather is against charged this week, in a civil lawsuit filed by his former partner Ms. Jackson, of similar atrocities.

CBS, a supposedly reputable media outlet, has made Mayweather an executive producer on its promotional series "All-Access" that airs in four installments on Showtime.

I cannot believe that a habitual offender like Mayweather was essentially guaranteed $200 million from CBS over 30 months just months after his guilty plea for domestic abuse.

He can't claim the Nevada courts were biased against him, as they delayed his jail sentence in order to preserve his May 2012 bout against Miguel Cotto.

Many think that the Ravens appearance on CBS's new "Thursday Night Football" was the catalyst for the quick reaction to Ray Rice tape. Not wanting that issue to overshadow their new prize showcase, the league did eventually make the proper decision to ban Rice indefinitely.

Ironically, Mayweather's publicist Kelly Swanson caused an uproar on Twitter today, criticizing the NFL's reaction to the Ray Rice saga while defending her clients history of misdeeds.

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TSIAS Sep 2014 OP
hifiguy Sep 2014 #1
cwydro Sep 2014 #2
Chakab Sep 2014 #3
TSIAS Sep 2014 #5
Chakab Sep 2014 #6
TSIAS Sep 2014 #7
Chakab Sep 2014 #4
exboyfil Sep 2014 #8

Response to TSIAS (Original post)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:05 PM

1. He's not part of a team or a league, for one huge thing.

 

Boxers answer only to themselves, the cable networks that carry their bouts, and their managers. And if a cable provider can make millions by having Boxer A at the top of the card in a PPV, they will do so.

Players in the big three pro sports leagues - NBA, MLB, NFL - have to abide by policies imposed by the leagues, which are collectively bargained by the players' unions with the teams.

That Rice wasn't indefinitely suspended the minute the league saw that tape is ridiculous.

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Response to TSIAS (Original post)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:08 PM

2. Well, must have been white privilege.

Oh wait...

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Response to TSIAS (Original post)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:10 PM

3. Lauded?

 

Mayweather makes money because he's so reviled that pay to see him lose his undefeated record.

The reason that he got preferential treatment by the courts and the athletic commission is because his fights pump a huge amount of money into the local economy.

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Response to Chakab (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:25 PM

5. He has legions of fans

They call themselves "The Money Team", or TMT, who proudly worship his catchphrases like "Hard Work, Dedication" and "Money, Power, Respect".

Granted, many people tune in to see him lose, but he also has many supporters within the boxing community.

My point is that CBS, a major media institution, made a conscious decision to guarantee Mayweather wealth beyond what most NBA, MLB, or NFL athletes will ever make.

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Response to TSIAS (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:42 PM

6. No, he does not have "legions of fans."

 

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Do a Google search for any boxing forum on the internet, and you'll find that the vast majority of the posters there hate Mayweather.

He gets booed by the crowd at all of his fights, and he's usually booed when he makes public appearances at non-boxing related events like Heat games.

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Response to Chakab (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 10, 2014, 02:52 AM

7. I post on there all the time

Still, even on a bad day he draws 870,000 PPV buys in fights against a guy like Guerrero who nobody expects to beat Mayweather. I guess I'm one of the people who tune-in to see him lose as well.

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Response to TSIAS (Original post)

Tue Sep 9, 2014, 08:17 PM

4. Not to defend Mayweather, who's a scumbag, habitual woman beater, but

 

this article is shit.

I stopped reading after this:

Ironically, the story begins with Mayweather claiming to be a champion for battered women. In 2001, Mayweather fought what was then the biggest fight of his career, against the favored Diego "Chico" Corrales. Corrales, a deeply troubled but usually benevolent soul, was facing an impending jail sentence for assaulting his wife.

Usually benevolent soul? Corrales, who was a multiple division world champion boxer, was sent to jail for punching his wife and throwing her down a flight of stairs when she was pregnant.

You can't send up a guy for being a misogynist, woman beating asshole while taking it easy on another loathsome abuser of women.

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Response to TSIAS (Original post)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 05:19 AM

8. The worst part of Mayweather's history

was how a judge, over the objections of a prosecutor, delayed him serving his sentence in one of his many cases to accommodate his fight schedule. The response at the time in 2012 was crickets. Only one reporter said anything about it, and he got absolutely no traction.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/boxing/saragosa-fails-justice-system-delaying-mayweathers-sentence

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