Floyd Mayweather Says NFL Overreacted About Ray Rice

Floyd Mayweather Says NFL Overreacted About Ray Rice

Boxer says league was overly influenced by video in suspending running back indefinitely.

Published September 10, 2014

Ray Rice being cut by the Baltimore Ravens — and suspended indefinitely by the NFL — following TMZ Sports's release of a video showing the running back knocking out his then-fiancee, now-wife, Janay Rice, has been the talk of the sports world all week long.

And now, just four days away from his fight against Marcos Maidana on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather is chiming in with his thoughts on the national story. Talking to reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the undefeated boxing champion expressed controversial thoughts that the NFL was overly influenced by Monday's surveillance video and that the league's initial two-game suspension ruling shouldn't have been overturned.

"I think there's a lot worse things that go on in other people's households, also," Mayweather said to a group of reporters, according to ESPN. "It's just not caught on video, if that's safe to say."

Mayweather himself is not a stranger to being involved in domestic violence incidents. The welterweight champ spent two months in a Las Vegas jail in 2012 and plead guilty to reduced domestic abuse charges stemming from an attack on his ex-girlfriend. Just last week, his ex-fiancée Shantel Jackson filed a civil lawsuit against him, alleging that Mayweather assaulted her and prevented her from leaving his Vegas residence.

Mayweather, 37, also told reporters that he's been falsely accused of domestic violence by women in the past.

"Like I've said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing," Mayweather said. "With O.J. [Simpson] and Nicole [Brown Simpson], you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With [ChadOchocinco and Evelyn [Lozada], 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]. So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day."

Late last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league's stiffened policy on domestic violence incidents in which a player's first offense means a six-game suspension without pay; a second offense spells a banishment from the league with the commissioner allowing the offender to petition for reinstatement after one year, up to his discretion.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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