Friend of TSS Atty. Keith Sullivan Talks Ray Rice, Floyd Mayweather

The Ray Rice situation is kicking around so many of our heads this week. And with the NFL suits fumbling the ball, and engaging in what many folks believe smells like a crude cover-up, one which we would think would result in the dismissal or resignation of the commissioner, Roger Gooddell, the story has seeped into the fight game.

Apart from Rice, the most notorious face of domestic abuse situations is Mayweather, who was jailed for the infraction in 2012, and currently stands accused by his ex of engaging in similar acts. That case is a civil trial, so some folks don’t view it as seriously, and others, a minority to be sure, believe that so much if not all the domestic abuse material on Mayweather is smoke and mirrors and basis for extortion.

I checked in with friend of TSS Keith Sullivan, an NYC attorney who appears regularly on Fox to share his wisdom. I asked him for his take on the Rice situation, and wondered if because new video popped up which has caused people to re-assess the incident between him and his then fiancee in an AC casino, Rice could be re-charged, with a new case on his lap. He’s already pled and is working through completing terms of his plea deal.

“The prosecutors should be ashamed of themselves,” Sullivan told me. “Ray Rice was indicted on aggravated assault, and they had a rock solid case because of that video. The fact that they gave this punk probation is maddening. To hell with the prosecutor! And for that matter I say the same for the NFL commissioner, to hell with him too and his principles of money over ethics and morals. Women of domestic violence need protection from themselves first and foremost but now they need it from this prosecutor and Roger Goodell as well. I’m irked because legally he walks, the legislatures can complain all they want put it’s pretty much a legal done deal. Shameful.”

“If Rice successfully completes the terms of the probation (which include some anti-domestic violence classes) he will be free and clear,” the attorney stated. “The ‘new’ tape is not new to the prosecutor, they had it when they let him walk despite having a grand jury return an indictment against him. It’s despicable. If he were a homeless man in the street they would look to destroy his life, but hey, he’s Ray Rice, an NFLer, so let’s pamper him and treat him like a star. And the NFL was intentionally ignorant of what happened in that elevator and their only regret is they got caught trying to sweep this under the rug!”

And what of Mr. Mayweather? With a civil suit in play, lodged by his ex Shantel Jackson, helmed by the ultra-determined Gloria Allred, could that case, if a judge or jury believes Ms. Jackson’s allegation, result in Mayweather being sent back to lockup?

“Even if the allegations in the civil suit are substantiated it is unlikely probation would seek to violate him retroactively, as probation ended in August but the allegations made (public on Sept. 4) allegedly occurred during the probation period,” Sullivan said. “The bigger issue, is that domestic violence is a real problem and that along with other crimes is a more systemic problem amongst high-priced athletes than the teams and leagues care to acknowledge.”

Good stuff from an attorney with an excess of common sense, and heart, for that matter…

I get it that many people think there is a line between the athlete, and what they do on the field or in the ring, and what they do there is totally separate from what they do at home. I just don’t agree. We get our cues from newsmakers, on how to act, dress, think…That is a condemnation, it could be argued, of our society, but until we address that, we are where we are. The Rices and Mayweathers do such majestic things on their stage as athletes, but maybe just as important, in the grander scheme of things, is how they live and behave off-stage. Because, you know, there is a grander scheme of things, and we should never give up, wave a flag of surrender, write if off as boys being boys, or none of our business, or business as usual, because the show must go on. Sometimes, there are things more important than the show.

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-brownsugar :

I saw the Ray Rice video.... Its detestable. My former Mother in law had her back broken by her weekend warrior, alcoholic boyfriend. He worked during the week and drank all weekend sometimes holding a shotgun while he terrorized the family. Thats only one example ...I've got tons of em Its universally understood that domestic violence is unacceptable ...even Floyd understands this. What enrages me is .... They never ask Floyd about what he thinks about world peace, a cure for cancer or renewable energy. So why would the press ask Floyd about Ray Rice when he comes from a dysfunctional background...has been his own mentor since he was a teenager..and has been tried 3 times for the same offence....Already knowing before he even answered the question that it would be unacceptable to the scrutiny of mainstream america. And then brand him as a serial abuser on TV based on his response. Would you send your 12 year old daughter to lil' Kim, Madonna, or Kim Kardasian for sexual advise? Ask your lawyer if this defamation of character? The public outburst is profitable for the media outlets but it doesn't help educate Floyd ...neither does it help Mrs Rice who has been begging the media to get out of their lives. It simply sensationalizes a hot issue without providing anything other than titillating sound bytes. The problem just continued apace after all the grandstanding, head-shaking , and tongue-wagging, and Floyd blaming.

-Radam G :

Jay-Z is a real man. He went out on his shield, and took his arse thrashing in an elevator like a man when his wife Queen B's sister was whuppin' his arse like "Lil" Kim did me back in da day. Hehehe! Holla!

-Radam G :

Lil' Floyd just needs to learn how to STFU. He knows that the media are always looking for a sound bite from a superstar. So if you run off at the mouth and say the wrong thing, you won't get far. Holla!

-StormCentre :

I was out at a nightclub recently and eyez accidentally forgot to leave my samurai sword at home - so it was wiv me. I made it passed the security without reelzising de item was on me, as just before leaving home eyez was accidentally practicing with it and all ov da suddenly there was den someone at da door. As I went to answer de door de samurai sword accidentally slipped into my boots unkowledgelying and wiv all da commotion of a new guest dand awfso me running late for my ho's at da club; eyez forgot all about it in a diminished respons-a-liberty kind of way cuz I was focuzzed on gettin me clockcleaned dater dat fight wiv said hoes. Dunfortunately, at da cwub there was some heavy dudes in the toilet sniffing gear makin fings hunsafe, and dat had absowutely nuffin to do wiv me event dough uvers say we all prevussly hung together and onwe recentlee had a fall out ova me a-wedgedly stitchin up won of their slack-azz bytches, right up; whom was said (not vy me butt) to be up for anything manytime. As I wushed to the foilet cumpwetley mindin all my own privates biznezz . . da samurai sword - that I forgot about wiv diminished responsibility - den accidentally fell into one of deez unsafe heavy dude's necks and den the uver brothers wiv em den awl took owff leaving me wiv all da white gear. As I left the club wiv the gear - wiv da pacific extention to take it to da cops - more brovers came running into to sea whats up (homey) wiv da samurai sword eyez accidental rort to da cwub that awlso accidentally got lodged into dis drug dealer's neck dat I hav now idea of whose he is. When dey all brovers came rannen in dey den mistook me for anover brover and den farted yelling rude words. I was den instammediately frighieghtened enuff ta still hav no capacity of me responaliberties and factions. At da same time I was disarming yet anuva seriezz trwublemaka in da same cwub, as we hav strict rules wiv weapons and guns and dat and dey must be obeyd. The combo pack of all da above den meant dat the uva brother dat mistook me and was uneffecassrily yelling at and scaring me as he was runnin in needlessly - dis is da same bruver dat was also fawlsely accusationally me about samurai sword multa-pull murders in da loo; he den accidentally headbutted a bullet that secretly crept - in a diminifinshed responsibility kinda way - right out of the barrel of da same gun dat was being disarmed from anuva trublemasker dat was making our stweets and cwubs unsafely for all da bytches, bros and hos in va favor-hood. As we all sussumed and inspected, da real wons causin all da trublemakin ran away leaving me to hold da gear and gun . .soez da stweets and cwub wuz safer. Dis is why, wen the cosps came I was holding 23 pounds of white rock in me overcoat and a sweet and freshly uzed 45 mm - as I was on me way to hand it all in to da politically correct awsororities wen they ashley came to me. Now here is my probvem and I is Hopin Mr. Keith Sullivan a man of honruble war . I mean law . can rep me and da squad big time, and walso explain da fowwowing deal and legcasualites. Deez above geezers and squealin twublmakas are now saying that me samurai sword fell into da dealer's neck more dan once and dat I de-liberty brought it to da club. Eyez cant seeblieve da awdacity of sum ppl ta say tings dat r not true. Awfso, dere sayin dat da samurai sword may have fell into a few uva parts of some uva double makers . . like dere arms and gutz . . . wen da accident in da toilet happened dat eyez didnt see. But my collection iz dat I don't recall dat scene of events and eyez tink sumone accessed da scene after da facst ta place blood dere ta make it looks like more damage wuz dun and setz me up. Keef . . can you please tell me . . is dis legal to take weapons and drugz to da police like dis and make our clubs and streests safe? If eyez knowed dat da samurai sword waz in me boots wen I elft home eyez neva wuld hav taken it inta da cwub andz side of dat dere iz anuva kindsideration and dats dat I had nuffin to do wiv da samurai sword getting stuck into others by accidents. Pwease beweave me. As eyez am tired of all the sinnuendo and false felonallegations, an simpwee want to sexercise my fights and cuntinew ta keeps da streets safe azz eyez hav been doin before dis unforeskin sexperience intentionally un-incurred.

-The Shadow :

LOL what the heck?! Anyway, since the issue of domestic violence was hot and heavy, guys, check out this article. This dude had this woman calling the cops with all kinds of allegations against the boyfriend and they were going to take him in. Pleading with the police, the guy maintained that the woman was full of sh*t. That she would beat herself and claim he did it. So they told him to get evidence or else. One time they're driving in the car and she's bitching about something. Dude is trying to get out of the situation. "Stop it!" he yells. "You're NOT spending the night with me!" The wretched woman tries to FRAME him by jumping out of the moving car. She then goes, "Why did you push me out?" This is the footage. Check this out. Women can be EVIL!

After seeing the evidence, police dropped the claims. Here's the full article. See for yourself.