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Floyd Mayweather might have hoodwinked the judge had he thought outside the box

Floyd Mayweather denied house arrest

KSNV reports that a judge denied boxer Floyd Mayweather's plea to be transferred from the Clark County Detention Center to house arrest due to inhumane conditions, June 13.

Mayweather 90-Day Sentence

Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears in court at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, June 1, 2012, to start his 90-day jail sentence for domestic battery. Launch slideshow »

Mayweather Pleads Guilty, Receives 90 Days in Jail

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives in court to plead guilty on domestic violence charges Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at the Clark County Regional Justice Center. Mayweather received a six month sentence and will have to spend 90 days in jail. Launch slideshow »

So the jailed Floyd Mayweather Jr. was crying uncle, and who could blame him? To believe his court papers, his boxing career is at risk of collapsing because he’s withering away in jail, serving a 90-day sentence that began June 1 for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.

He has to drink tap water instead of bottled water, the jail food isn’t as good and plentiful as what his private chef prepares back home, and he’s right, there just isn’t room in his cell for his fitness equipment. Well, damn.

But none of that won the sympathy of Melissa Saragosa, a justice of the peace. On Wednesday she denied Mayweather’s request to finish his sentence under house arrest, crushing the crazy notions of his legal team that the “inhumane” conditions of the champion’s incarceration will potentially end his career. No boxer had defeated Mayweather in more than 40 career fights. On Wednesday, a woman in a robe delivered a knockout blow.

His attorney had argued that because of his celebrity status, Mayweather was being unfairly treated as a hardened criminal, isolated in a small, one-man cell 23 hours a day. Cut him some slack, his lawyer asked; let him do his time at home.

Besides the rigor of house arrest — those ankle bracelets can chafe, you know — he still would have to finish 100 hours of community service and complete a year of domestic violence classes for assaulting ex-girlfriend Josie Harris last September while their children were present. (He’s paid a $2,500 fine, maybe from loose change he found in his sofa.)

Here are snippets from the lawsuit seeking Mayweather’s release from jail. Then I’ll give you my take.

• Dr. William Voy, a respected local doctor and Mayweather’s longtime physician, declares: “I am concerned about Floyd withdrawing, developing anger he cannot dissipate through the usual means of dedicated exercise and training, while he begrudging(ly) tries to accept the way he believes he is treated in a very unfair and inhumane way.

“I am also concerned that Mr. Mayweahter (sic) may have difficulty in dissipating his anxieties and natural anger because of a lack of exercise and training and this may lead to his withdrawal and the onset of depression.”

My take: So, when Mayweather pulled Josie Harris’ hair, punched her and twisted her arm while their children watched, he was a much calmer, collected and mature man.

• The document states: “Dr. Voy expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather’s health and explained any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage at Mr. Mayweather’s physique. Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career.”

My take: We’re talking three months in jail, not three years. For an undefeated fighter, Mayweather certainly has a low tolerance level. If he can’t fully tend to his body, maybe he could at least work on his soul.

• The document says Mayweather can’t participate in group counseling, education or meetings available to general population inmates. Lawyers also write Mayweather can’t eat, watch TV or play cards with the others.

My take: Although I agree Mayweather needs to be involved with those therapeutic sessions as part of the rehabilitation process, the fact he isn’t playing cards and watching television with other inmates is comical. I’m a little surprised that with the NBA Finals having started this week, Mayweather — a basketball fan who regularly posts his bets on Twitter — wasn’t upset about not having a TV in is cell.

I was fundamentally opposed to the idea of early release or special privileges to make the sentence easier. It would have made a mockery of the legal system in my beloved hometown.

But I think there is room for negotiation moving forward. So let’s talk money.

Floyd, as a condition of receiving bottled water in your cell or some time in the jail’s workout room, how about donating a few million dollars from your next fight to the Clark County School District so it can hire back some teachers? And a few million for a shelter for battered women? Or to a youth boxing organization — one with a code of ethics for young men?

Because here’s the thing, Floyd. Your reputation in Las Vegas, a place you call home, is at an all-time low. Let’s talk redemption.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Suck it up Thug.

  2. His attorneys are a joke. That sales pitch of reasoning why he should get out made me laugh so hard when i read this story the other day. Floyd would have been better off requesting a special diet and commissary privileges. His buddy 50cent should have schooled him better on how to handle himself while jailing...damn...lol. His body's metabolism will slow down and he'll manage to get by as the rest of us do, in time. And have to workout a little harder when he gets out and be back to his normal flow in a few months. What a whiner.

    "Suck it up..." whiner not thug.

  3. Comment removed by moderator. Personal Attack

  4. I gained a bit more respect for our legal system when Judge Saragosa stood her ground and told his attorneys NO.

    He has played the system in this town for years and it is about time he play by the same rules as the rest of us.

    Sorry Mr. Brewer, I don't believe in letting him buy his way out of this one this time, not even for the schools.

  5. Excellent article, hit the nail on the head.

  6. Ray, your comment on giving money to district etc... has a noble meaning but would absolutely be garbage.

    This is a man who has paid his way out of his consequences. THis was not his first domestic violence conviction mind you. He beat up a woman. The self proclaimed greatest fighter alive felt it neccesary to beat up a woman because she was seeing anothet local star CJ Watson.

    Mayweather is a coward. An arrogant coward. An arrogant and filthy rich coward.

    His charity work does not consist of hours upon hours of dedication to any cause. It's just throwing money to make it look good. Mayweather buying people turkeys on thanksgiving does not make up for the rest of his actions.

    Mayweathers well timed $100,000 donation to Susan G. Kolman was another media stunt to try to make him look good. That $100K would be the equivelant of me dropping $7 in the collection box based on his salary. Would the news do a story everytime one of us donated .20% of our income to charity?

    Mr. Mayweather tap water and 23 hour confinement do not shorten your boxing career. Beating up woman does.

  7. A couple million for the schools.... if they give him 4 for 1 on house arrest that sounds fair. it's usually 2 for 1 i think. Double it because he gets to stay in a mansion. 8 months on house arrest less $2 million sounds about equal to 60 more days in jail.

  8. I think that most people reading this story do not understand Mayweather is in a jail inside the jail. He's in solitary confinement and it's a lot worse than just being in jail. I do agree he should do his time, except he shouldn't be treated differently (worse) than the other inmates. Heres a link on solitary confinement from Wikipedia on what he's being held in.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_...

  9. I'm glad he failed. He is a world champion fighter with skills possessed by only a handful of people in the world. He is a multimillionaire many times over.

    How would many describe such a person who physically abuses a female? Punk A--, at best. The only shame here is that he only has to do 90 days. Appearing before my bench would bring much, much more.

  10. I don't quite understand why they don't put him in general population. He has money, and like any high profile person with money, the first thing he does when he enters general population is he finds the toughest, most feared inmate, pulls him aside, and says something to the effect of: "I want to pay you $1000 a week on your books to provide me with security and make sure nobody tries to shake me down or whatever. Do you want the job?" If the guy says "You're a millionaire, I want $10,000 a week" then you say "I'll can hire a few crack heads for $100 a week but I'm choosing you. Do you want the business or not?" 99 out of 100 times the person would take the gig after you BS them on offering them special perks when they get out of jail, get to hand with you on the streets, build a trusting friendship that can translate to big money on the streets, etc etc. I read a lot of crime stories and this is how mobsters and politicians like Michael Milken did it when they went to prison. Milken even had some of the prision staff on his payroll. Maybe that's what the jail is scared of, and if that's the case, they're not right. My guess is that Floyd could handle himself just fine in general population but the cops are scared he buys himself some special privileges since he makes more than the entire staff of the jail combined, times 10.