Floyd Provides, He Does Not Care

mayweather-kids“Floyd cares for his children.”

This is what someone said to me on social media as a partial defense for the otherwise questionable behavior of Floyd Mayweather outside of the boxing ring. It was an interesting point to make. Inarguably, Floyd’s children will never lack for food, shelter, or clothing. I would never say that Floyd does not love his children or show them affection. I assume he does. But are those things alone enough to say that Floyd truly “cares” for his children?

I’m not so sure.

Years ago, I watched an HBO special on Floyd that showed him operating at a 10 on the “Money” scale. Arrogant, pompous, and flaunting, Floyd walked around his children carrying wads of cash as if he were transporting junk mail from the mail box to the catch-all table that resides in every home. He began to carry on about his gambling victory that evening telling his children “A.I. (Allen Iverson) gets you paid.”

Let’s face it, Floyd may be a great boxer—and he most certainly is—but it’s hard to defend him as a person or a parent. Not to get all old fashioned or anything, but you would think a responsible father would want his children to understand the value of a dollar and the potential woes of gambling. That’s not how Floyd operates. I suppose in a way, you could say he’s just being himself, and therefore, “honest.” I suppose on one level that is true. I do question what this sort of behavior does to his kids though. Who knows? Maybe they’ll turn out just fine. Or perhaps at worst they will simply end up with reality shows, a la the Kardashians.

Of course, Floyd’s disregard for the value of income based teaching moments pales in comparison to his treatment of women. There are five different women who have accused Floyd of battering them. He has been charged five separate times with battery. Four of those occasions involved women. That’s bad enough, but wait, it gets worse.

Josie Harris is the mother of three of Floyd’s four children. In 2011, Harris accused Floyd of beating her and trying to break her arm. Eventually, Floyd pleaded guilty to domestic battery in a deal that allowed him to avoid felony charges. He ended up serving 60 days of a 90 day jail sentence in 2012.

That sounds horrible enough on its own, but there’s more. Floyd committed these acts in front of their shared children. It was their nine-year-old son, Zion, who told police, “He was punching her and kicking her. He was punching her in the head and he was stomping on her shoulder.” His ten-year-old brother, Koraun, reported to police that he ran from the house in an effort to find help.

I have never been a parent. I have however been in plain view of this sort of parenting. When I was four years old, my mother entered into her second marriage with a man named Mike. As it turned out, Mike was an angry drunk. His idea of parenting was to shout at and insult me. Sometimes he did far worse. Drop your fork at dinner, take a beating. Spill some soup on the floor, take a beating. Playfully jump on Mike’s back, take a beating. It went like that for nine years.

I wish I could say that was the worst of it. I remember far too many nights of a hand making contact with my mother’s head. And the screaming. All the screaming. The most perilous occasion occurred when he threw my mother down our unusually long staircase. How she did not break her neck, I will never know.

Eventually, my mother found the strength to leave Mike. I know her concern for my well being played a large part in this. As I got older, she feared I would outgrow my diminutive stepfather and challenge him. There were guns in the house, so that probably would not have been a good idea.

Why did my mother stay with him so long? There are essays and studies that go into all the reasons battered women stay with the men who strike them. Lack of self-confidence, fear, and financial security are just three of the common factors that keep women from leaving. It’s that third one I would like to point out here in this space.

When we lived with Mike, we never wanted for anything. Sure, we didn’t have access to the sort of opulence that Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with, but I never went hungry, I always had new school clothes, and I never had to concern myself about the roof over my head. I did however often worry about what might go on under that roof.

I did not feel cared for by Mike. I felt provided for. I can’t tell you how Floyd’s children feel. Maybe I’m wrong about all of this. I do know that beating the mother of your children in front of those same kids is not caring for them. No matter how many meals, outfits, or homes his wealth provides.

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-Kid Blast :

Come on Dave. Cut him some slack. He did his time.


-brownsugar :

This is not a black and white situation. The author knows nothing of Floyds character or how he cares for his children......There are many shades of gray and different sides to every story. I won't pile on Floyd's personal life just because Pac couldn't rain down vengeance on behalf of America, on a man who was already hated before the casual fans attached their loathing of Floyd to a ten year old domestic abuse case and a more recent one for which time was served two years ago. Floyd has acknowledged his need and desire to grow and become a better person....but not in the way society will accept. And no matter what you say or write ...you can't live another man's life. Floyd doesn't need to put his personal life before the public and grovel for their approval. ...It would never be good enough anyway. I personally don't care how his kids are being taken care of ...they don't appear to need any social or financial relief to me. I know one of the highest metrics for domestic abuse used to be the men and women employed by the police department. Along with high rates of alcoholism. ...recently a high profile athlete was attacked on twitter because she took a picture with Floyd. She wrote that she had seen domestic abuse in her own home and her father eventually was able to grow into a loving and nurturing person who was able to reform his behavior. Even the Burger King was criticized for participating in the ring walk and Stephen Smith and Katey Couric were criticized for being civil with Floyd during interviews. News flash....its a sports interview not a reality show. Get some journalist scum like Rachel Nichol to drag Floyd through the mud for ya. .....Some newscasters know how to act appropriately. Unless Floyd gets charged or arrested again the general public will have to accept the fact that this is a free man...one who deprived the masses, yet again the opportunity of watching him take an arse- whooping on PPV...who else ya got???


-amayseng :

Come on Dave. Cut him some slack. He did his time.
He did his time? What's that have to do with traumatizing his kids for the rest of their lives? As a parent, a single dad who has raised my kid on my own for 16 years, I don't give passes for **** poor parenting.


-Radam G :

He did his time? What's that have to do with traumatizing his kids for the rest of their lives? As a parent, a single dad who has raised my kid on my own for 16 years, I don't give passes for **** poor parenting.
Amen! Holla!


-sumopop :

I wrote about something I have experience with. It sticks with you for the rest of your life, seeing stuff like that. Floyd doesn't strike me as a reformed guy, but as I said in the article, I could be wrong. In fact, I hope that I am. As for for what I wrote? I stand by every word.--Dave.


-stormcentre :

This is not a black and white situation. The author knows nothing of Floyds character or how he cares for his children......There are many shades of gray and different sides to every story. I won't pile on Floyd's personal life just because Pac couldn't rain down vengeance on behalf of America, on a man who was already hated before the casual fans attached their loathing of Floyd to a ten year old domestic abuse case and a more recent one for which time was served two years ago. Floyd has acknowledged his need and desire to grow and become a better person....but not in the way society will accept. And no matter what you say or write ...you can't live another man's life. Floyd doesn't need to put his personal life before the public and grovel for their approval. ...It would never be good enough anyway. I personally don't care how his kids are being taken care of ...they don't appear to need any social or financial relief to me. I know one of the highest metrics for domestic abuse used to be the men and women employed by the police department. Along with high rates of alcoholism. ...recently a high profile athlete was attacked on twitter because she took a picture with Floyd. She wrote that she had seen domestic abuse in her own home and her father eventually was able to grow into a loving and nurturing person who was able to reform his behavior. Even the Burger King was criticized for participating in the ring walk and Stephen Smith and Katey Couric were criticized for being civil with Floyd during interviews. News flash....its a sports interview not a reality show. Get some journalist scum like Rachel Nichol to drag Floyd through the mud for ya. .....Some newscasters know how to act appropriately. Unless Floyd gets charged or arrested again the general public will have to accept the fact that this is a free man...one who deprived the masses, yet again the opportunity of watching him take an arse- whooping on PPV...who else ya got???
Agree with what you have said there BS.
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20934-BEADLEGATE-ESPN-s-Beadle-CNN-s-Nichols-In-Credential-Flap&p=81149&viewfull=1#post81149
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20934-BEADLEGATE-ESPN-s-Beadle-CNN-s-Nichols-In-Credential-Flap&p=81216&viewfull=1#post81216 It's a complex issue. I am not saying Floyd has or has not got an issue with DV. But notice how hardly anyone and/or any reporter bothered to check whether what Floyd was saying about Josie (was it?) being on drugs and some other Floyd claims? This is the nature of the issue too. Even with Murder both sides and provocation are looked at. However, (if I have her name correct) Josie was pretty much heralded after she came out with the allegation; which may actually have basis. However, that said, and perhaps playing the devil's advocate here, how could Floyd have punched her repeatedly as she seemed to claim, but there be no police photos of her injuries? No-one is into that question? Sure her (and Floyd's) son wrote a report that said Floyd was on top of Josie. But aside from how kids can easily be induced to do such things (I am not saying that is what happened - just looking at all the non/facts); this possibly means that Floyd did not hit Josie, but merely restrained her, and then later the child recreated what he thought he saw from the mother's renditions . . . Which happens in legal matters much more than what people may think. I am open to new discoveries on the issue, but respect Floyd copped it on the jaw, took a plea, and did time. Surely, now we should not have to expect him and society to relive it? Otherwise what's the point of him doing time? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh, BTW Amayseng, sorry, but that took me 15 seconds to type. :)


-michigan400 :

I understand people not jumping on the bandwagon to give Floyd hell for everything he has ever done,, we have all made mistakes in life,, but to defend it or try and blame the mother isn't right either IMO. Floyd has made this "Money" persona and has lived it the best he can for financial reasons only (he freely admits that). That is his choice to make in life and he is free to do so weather I like it or not. But with all decisions and directions we may take, there are consequences. Some good, some bad. Some fair, some unfair. It's like time, space and distance,,, they are all one in the same and cannot be separated. Just like Floyd cannot be separated from domestic violence. One of the consequence for (allegedly according to some) assulting the mother of your children is a lot of people, including your own kids, will never look at you the same way again no matter if you paid the legal debt to society or not. I can't see where a 100 mil paycheck would make up for that and I think that is the point of the article. If my father had beaten my mother in front of me as a kid, I would NEVER forget that and it would effect every day of my life. His kids know if it's true or not. If we think it's true or not means absolutely NOTHING. You guys can post all you want about how it might be a made up story or he has paid his debt to society. BUt I'll tell you straight up,, it doesn't matter if it's true or not. What your doing here, in the opinion of a lot of people seeing it, is saying it's OK to do that stuff IF your a pro athlete that can still perform at your best when you defend it in any way or try and disprove it. You might not be actually trying to do that, but that's what people see and think. It makes me a little sick to read honestly. I mean,, picking one fighter over another is one thing,,, defending domestic violence in general (that's really what your doing,, not defending Floyd "only") is sickening. See, that's the consequence of the actions you took. To some folks, you sound like scum and that your "pro battery". Your free to say and think what you want but so am I and that's what I see here.


-Kid Blast :

Radam, every site has one or two like you who spend their entire day posting. I truly pity you. I have tried to put you on the ignore list, but apparently that won't work. SoI'll make a seal with you. If you ignore me, I'll ignore you. Holla


-Kid Blast :

This is not a black and white situation. The author knows nothing of Floyds character or how he cares for his children......There are many shades of gray and different sides to every story. I won't pile on Floyd's personal life just because Pac couldn't rain down vengeance on behalf of America, on a man who was already hated before the casual fans attached their loathing of Floyd to a ten year old domestic abuse case and a more recent one for which time was served two years ago. Floyd has acknowledged his need and desire to grow and become a better person....but not in the way society will accept. And no matter what you say or write ...you can't live another man's life. Floyd doesn't need to put his personal life before the public and grovel for their approval. ...It would never be good enough anyway. I personally don't care how his kids are being taken care of ...they don't appear to need any social or financial relief to me. I know one of the highest metrics for domestic abuse used to be the men and women employed by the police department. Along with high rates of alcoholism. ...recently a high profile athlete was attacked on twitter because she took a picture with Floyd. She wrote that she had seen domestic abuse in her own home and her father eventually was able to grow into a loving and nurturing person who was able to reform his behavior. Even the Burger King was criticized for participating in the ring walk and Stephen Smith and Katey Couric were criticized for being civil with Floyd during interviews. News flash....its a sports interview not a reality show. Get some journalist scum like Rachel Nichol to drag Floyd through the mud for ya. .....Some newscasters know how to act appropriately. Unless Floyd gets charged or arrested again the general public will have to accept the fact that this is a free man...one who deprived the masses, yet again the opportunity of watching him take an arse- whooping on PPV...who else ya got???

Amen BS


-Radam G :

Radam, every site has one or two like you who spend their entire day posting. I truly pity you. I have tried to put you on the ignore list, but apparently that won't work. SoI'll make a seal with you. If you ignore me, I'll ignore you. Holla
Don't fool yourself. You got me mixed up with the slow-brained, circumlocution poster. Pity yourself not me, because I'm super fast on the draw. And I'm not a character of straw. I can think, read and type faster than you can think. You believe that people are doing diz and dat and the whole 9 because of your slow mind and vast limitations. Don't start syet. And there will be no syet. You sound like the typical jealous, hurt person with limited life experiences. And WOW! You are vastly paranoid. Hehe! Holla at my IGNORE function. Hehe! Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Its easy to see Floyd's convictions. They are public record. Only God knows what else isn't public record or what else he has gotten away with. I don't know those women reporters who were banned from the fight for doing their job and asking questions but a journalist's job is to ask questions even if they are uncomfortable questions. Lets see Stephan A smith ask some real questions instead of drooling over Floyd's cars. Imagine Michael Jordan being asked about a basketball game and he pulls out cash or shows off his cars? So no matter what presents he buys his kids it can't replace the fact of violence especially against women. 2002- Two Counts of Domestic Violence & One Count Of Misdemeanor Battery= After getting into an argument with his daughter?s mother, Melissia Brim, in 2001 and punching her repeatedly in the face, Mayweather entered a plea bargain and received a six-month suspended sentence, two days of house arrest, and he was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service. 2004- Two Counts Of Misdemeanor Battery=Mayweather got off with a suspended sentence of one-year in jail, ordered to undergo counseling, and a $1000 fine after being found guilty of battery for punching two friends of Josie Harris, mother of Mayweather?s three other children.=McGill said as Mayweather got closer she read his lips and he was saying he, Summers and the unidentified third man should go hurt her and Blackburn. Before the women could get away, McGill testified, Mayweather punched her in the jaw and Blackburn in the head. McGill said she was trying to get away when Mayweather hit her. ?I fell to the ground,? McGill said, ?and Karra tried to help, and as she was, Mr. Mayweather hit her as well. After she was hit I helped her up and we ran out of the club.? When casino security intervened, according to the prosecutor, Mayweather picked up and shook a female security guard, for which he was handcuffed and issued a citation. After the dust settled, club security instructed McGill and Blackburn not to file a formal complaint against Mayweather or they would ?pay for it in the streets,? according to the women?s testimony. ?You may be a terrific and famous fighter, but that doesn't make you a god,? Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis told Mayweather during the trial. 2005 ? Misdemeanor Battery Charge= Mayweather pleaded no contest and earned himself a misdemeanor battery charge after beating a bouncer in Grand Rapids, Michigan bar. Pretty Boy Floyd received a 90-day suspended jail sentence for that one. 2011- Misdemeanor Battery Dropped From a Felony Battery Charge=In 2011 Mayweather was sentenced to time in a correctional facility after attacking his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris in front of their children. Although the charges of felony robbery, coercion, and grand larceny were eventually dropped, Mayweather plead guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two charges of harassment. He was sentenced to a 90 day stay, had to complete 100 hours of community service, a 12-month domestic-violence program, and to was order to pay a $2,500 fine. He only served 60 days before being released.


-stormcentre :

Don't fool yourself. You got me mixed up with the slow-brained, circumlocution poster. Pity yourself not me, because I'm super fast on the draw. And I'm not a character of straw. I can think, read and type faster than you can think. You believe that people are doing diz and dat and the whole 9 because of your slow mind and vast limitations. Don't start syet. And there will be no syet. You sound like the typical jealous, hurt person with limited life experiences. And WOW! You are vastly paranoid. Hehe! Holla at my IGNORE function. Hehe! Holla!
Oh, I think KB has it right. But you Madam can always step over to my algo thread for a brain check. Or answer some of the other thousands of outstanding questions that trail in your PacLoss wake. Oh one final thing; please remember not understanding something and/or FloydHate and/or the dislike for truth, doesn't constitute circumlocution. Nice stuff.