Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a multimillionaire, and a world champion boxer, but on Friday morning he will become an inmate in the Clark County Detention Center. Mayweather will spend up to the next 87 days behind bars after pleading guilty in December to misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
Mayweather will spend at least the next two months in a six-foot by 10-foot jail cell at the detention center in downtown Las Vegas. The man who refers to himself as “Money” was facing 34 years on a variety of felony charges, but the plea agreement saved him from that kind of jail term.
Richard Wright – the fighter’s attorney – claims he thinks the sentence will be reduced to around two months when good behavior is factored in. Regardless of the length of his stay behind bars, Mayweather needs to take it seriously.
The charges stemmed from a 2010 incident during which Mayweather allegedly assaulted Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children. The police report from that night claimed that Mayweather’s 10-year-old son told police that he saw his father hitting and kicking his mother. Koraun Mayweather also said his father threatened to beat him if he left the house. Koraun did leave the house and called the police.
Mayweather has always denied hitting Harris, but his past transgressions make it hard to believe that there is absolutely nothing to this incident.
In 2002 Mayweather was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery. He received a six-month suspended jail sentence, two days of house arrest and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service.
In 2004 he was ordered to undergo counseling for “impulse control” after being convicted on two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women. He also had to pay a $1,000 fine or perform 100 hours of community service.
Then in 2005 Mayweather pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor batter charge after kicking a bouncer. He received a 90-day suspended jail sentence.
So given Mayweather’s history, it’s really not hard to believe that the incident with Harris actually happened.
Hopefully Mayweather learns something during his time behind bars. Just because he’s wealthy and a successful doesn’t mean he’s above the law. Maybe this is the kind of thing that will finally wake him up.