Fellow abuser Floyd Mayweather Jr. had some interesting things to say about the decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following the release of a video showing him physically assaulting his wife on an elevator.
On Tuesday the infamous boxer told reporters that the NFL should have stuck to the controversial two-game suspension they handed down to Rice after he was arrested for domestic violence earlier this year.
“They had said that they had suspended him for two games,” Mayweather told reporters, according to The Ring. “Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word. If you tell me you’re going to do something, do what you say you’re going to do. But once again, I’m not in the NFL, so I can’t really speak about the situation.”
We think it’s a good time to mention that Mayweather is currently being sued by his former fiancé for allegedly beating her. It’s also a good time to mention that Mayweather himself pleaded guilty to domestic battery charges in 2012 and served two months in jail.
But he continued, suggesting that there are worst things than cold-clocking the woman you love in her face and knocking her unconscious.
“I think there are a lot worst things that go on in other people’s households also. It’s just not caught on video,” said Mayweather.
And yes, Mayweather confirmed that he watched the video — just in case you were wondering if he saw a different, rated G version. Then, there was the bit concerning his current lawsuit and the lack of physical evidence.
“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” Mayweather said, according to ESPN. “With O.J. and Nicole (Simpson), you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather).
He also wished Rice nothing but the best, noting that the situation is drastic for the former football player and his wife, Janay Rice.
“I know he’s probably going through a lot right now because football is his passion, football is his love. It’s no different than with me being in the fight game,” Mayweather was quoted as saying. “If they told me, ‘Floyd, you’ve got the biggest deal in sports history,’ and then a couple months later, they say, ‘You know what, your deal is taken away from you’ — oh, man. It’s not really just the money, it’s just the love of the sport, the passion.”
Watch the video above to see the rest of Mayweather’s interview.