Ray Rice vs Floyd Mayweather. Oh, The Hypocricy

Sports and Bets — May 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm by

Isn’t it amazing how some people get roasted in the national spotlight after they commit an egregious or criminal act while others have crime, violence, and vile humanity roll off of them like water off a freshly waxed Prius .  Take Ray Rice and Floyd Mayweather, for instance. We all know what Ray Rice did- everybody and their mother saw the video of the former Raven punching and knocking his fiancé (now wife) in that elevator, in that now closed casino in Atlantic City….

It was reprehensible and gross and Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens, the team that had stood by Rice after he had been arrested, and after the NFL had handed down their initial two game suspension. But once the video went public, the NFL, and the Ravens, distanced themselves from Rice faster than Road Runner runs from Wile E. Coyote in the Warner Bros desert.

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Everybody piled on.  (Including me. But I also thought it was wrong of the Ravens to cut Rice.) There was outrage, and internet anger, and the national media went ape-shit with Ray Rice and Janay Rice coverage.  Their relationship was analyzed (they had married some months after the elevator assault), the knockout video was played non-stop, and the initial two game suspension by the NFL was lambasted and analyzed to shreds. The Ravens weren’t safe either.  Had they seen the tape?  Had they covered up the tape? Had they rewound the tape before they returned it to New Jersey prosecutors? Had Roger Goodell and Steve Bisciotti viewed the tape together and conspired to bury it?  Ray Rice and his crimes were on display for the public- and the public gorged themselves on Ray and Janay Rice’s fateful elevator ride.

Suddenly, everyone was an expert on domestic violence.  Overnight, everyone was suddenly keenly aware of spousal abuse and its mental and physical damage.  Battered Women’s groups were finally listened to, donations were made through the proper channels, and uncomfortable ads were made with up-close shots of crying and angry celebrity/athlete faces.

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And it was all commendable.  It’s always good to bring awareness to social issues, and nobody will argue that attempting to end domestic violence is a bad thing.  But in this day and age, awareness and caring about any cause, no matter how just, only seems to matter for so long.  After awhile, something else grabs the irate attention of the massive media machine and it’s on to the next cause.

Maybe that explains why there wasn’t much noise about Floyd Mayweather and his domestic violence transgressions in the weeks leading up to his mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao.  Somehow. Floyd escaped the bulls-eye of the angry mob.  It’s weird, because unlike Rice, Mayweather is a serial offender.  He beats women on the regular.  Rice was a stalwart and positive force in the community before his arrest. Mayweather has always come across as an asshole and a douche-bag.  Yet somehow Rice, who was re-instated by the NFL, is still without work, while Mayweather just made hundreds of millions of dollars over the weekend.  Mayweather is a more frequent, more egregious, criminal than Rice ever was, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the general public like Rice’s single case did.   Let’s review Mayweather’s career of violence against females….  (via Will Leitch GQ)

Many athletes have trouble with the law, or dealing with life outside their field of expertise. But few athletes:

*** Swing a car door into the head of—and then repeatedly punch—the mother of one of his children.

*** Punch her again in a Las Vegas mall and then flee the scene before the police arrive.

*** Attack, at a Vegas nightclub, two friends of the woman who had mothered Mayweather’s three other children.

*** Pick up and “shake” a female security guard who had responded to that incident.

*** Kick, punch, and drag that second mother out of a car, causing “a facial laceration.”

*** Invade the woman’s home, refuse to leave, and after eventually leaving, return at 5 a.m. with a friend, threaten his own children, and relentlessly beat the woman in front of them. To the point, she still believes, that had their son not alerted the police in time, she would have been killed.

Mayweather has done a total of 90 days for these crimes and perhaps worse yet, he still refuses to own up to them.  Even his own son calls Floyd Mayweather a “coward”.

Yet the national media gives Mayweather a pass. ESPN hypes his fights and squawks his greatness with nary a word of his crimes.  There are no tough talks of banning Floyd from fighting until he gets help from the Nevada Boxing Commission.  There are no national calls for discipline for Mayweather , no demands that his livelihood be taken from him for his deeds.

And it’s a massive hypocrisy.  The finger pointers have found their new injustice (#blacklivesmatter), so there’s no time for Floyd and his path of destruction. The same people who turned in their Ray Rice jerseys are the same people who plunked down 100 beans for Floyd’s fight.  (I wonder if any athletes or celebrities who did the No More Ads went to, or ordered, the fight that put money in Maywether’s pockets?  I’m sure at least one of them did.)   The same folks who went on Facebook and Twitter, demanding Rice be banned from the NFL, are probably the same ones who watched Saturday’s sham as well.   But somehow, Floyd escapes their wrath.   Somehow,  it’s okay for Floyd to beat his women and his bitches- as long as he keeps being the only man alive who is good at boxing.  As long as he entertains and stays on top of his game, he’ll keep raking in the dough.

As long as there’s no video, the marketing machine that is America will choose to forget.

 

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