The f*ckery is not letting up in the wake of Ray Rice’s tragic decision to knock his wife out in an elevator. The NFL has been disgraced, Roger Goodell looks like he’s lying through his teeth, and now another high-profile celebrity has contributed his opinion – Floyd Mayweather.
At the official arrival for his upcoming Saturday night fight with Argentina’s Marcos Maidana, Floyd told reporters at the MGM Grand hotel he thought the NFL shouldn’t have upped the punishment on Ray Rice. “There’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households,” said Mayweather. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”
Floyd himself isn’t too reliable when it comes to domestic abuse. In 2012 he spent two months in a Las Vegas jail after pleading guilty to domestic abuse charges levied against him by his former girlfriend. Still, Mayweather denied the allegations, claiming that no pictures ever surfaced to to explicitly incriminate him.
This seems to be the common thread amongst defenders of Ray Rice – including the NFL. TMZ claims the NFL never asked the casino where Rice’s crime took place to see the full video, but that’s just another ripple in the wave of negligence that the NFL has demonstrated in this case. Goodell (and the Ravens) upped the punishment solely because of the public outcry that came after TMZ leaked the full footage on Monday. The initial two-game suspension meant the NFL knew Ray Rice had done something wrong, but the renewed punishment means the league never had any intention of disciplining Rice any further without more evidence – as if dragging his fiancee out of the elevator was only evidence enough for a two game suspension.
The wave of reactions since TMZ broke the full video has been nothing from heartbreaking, from the #WhyIStayed hashtag on Twitter to the continuously disappointing opinions of high-profile people like Floyd Mayweather and Boyce Watkins.
Since TMZ published the entire footage of Ray Rice in the elevator, he’s been kicked out of the new Madden ’15 game and Nike has cancelled his contract. The Ravens have also officially terminated his contract.