Floyd Mayweather's prison sentence is a victory for domestic violence advocates, but a sad day for people who know Floyd’s essence as nothing more than a spoiled, blueblood boxer who lacks to the street sense to survive in prison with other violent offenders.
Like the Raging Bull character, Floyd Mayweather’s been on serious edge lately. There’s no telling if he’ll lose his edge or get it back three-fold after he starts his ninety days in jail on January 6, 2012.
Mayweather and his lawyer, attorney Karen Winckler, were in court today brokering a plea bargain and hoping for community service.
But in response to the domestic assault charges from September of 2010, a judge sentenced Floyd Mayweather to 90 days in prison, a $2500 fine and 100 hours of community service.
The prize fighter reports to jail on January 6, 2012. His plea deal avoided evidentiary hearings on a number of charges: felony grand larceny (an iPhone was at issue in the case), coercion and robbery-- in addition to the misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment charges.
Had Mayweather stood a trial for each of those charges and been convicted, he faced 34 years in prison. With the plea deal, Mayweather walked into court aware that he’d serve between 2 days and 18 months in prison.
Many were disappointed, but not surprised when Mayweather was arrested for domestic abuse last year. Sadly, one of his children witnessed the assault and the child's version of what he what he saw is detailed in the police report.
Mayweather’s had a tough time of it lately. After a fight and a win against Victor Ortiz, Larry Merchant told him that if he were 50 years younger, he’d beat his …. Mayweather got it even worse from a shock jock on a satellite radio television program who asked about a Manny Pacquiao fight.
And now, just a few weeks later, Floyd Mayweather is definitively going to jail. His attorney may appeal the judge’s ruling, but the maximum penalty for a domestic assault like Mayweather’s is 18months.
If it was anyone else but Floyd Mayweather Jr. sentenced to prison, the three month sentence (versus a potential 18 month sentence) would be a cakewalk.
But as it stands, it’s hard to imagine a figure like Mayweather in prison, much less in general population.
It was pretty easy to imagine that a celebrity figure like Lil’ Kim would be okay for the time she was sent away. We knew Martha Stewart would be alright when they said she’d be housed in a high end prison.
But it’s hard to say, much less imagine, how Mayweather will fare. He’s temperamental, moody and mouthy. One word from anyone about why he won't fight Manny Pacquiao sets him off.
Mayweather is as respected as much as he’s hated. Moreover, the 34-year-old isn’t a big guy with a Mike Tyson crazy reputation. He’s a lightweight under 150 lbs and stands only 5’8”. His three months in the pen may be a serious wake up call and time of reflection. Or three months of fueling an already over raged bull.
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