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Mayweather says jail ‘inhumane,’ asks court to serve out sentence under house arrest


Gregan Wingert

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives outside the Regional Justice Center downtown Friday, June 1, 2012, to begin his 90-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges in a September 2010 domestic battery incident.

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 »

Attorneys for Floyd Mayweather Jr. have filed a motion requesting the boxing champion be allowed to serve out the remainder of his 90-day sentence at home. The request comes 12 days into Mayweather’s incarceration at the Clark County Detention Center.

Citing lack of exercise, poor nutrition and the special conditions under which Mayweather is being held due to his celebrity status, the boxer’s attorney, Richard Wright, argues his client may never fight again if he is forced to remain in jail for the full term.

An advocate for victims of domestic violence counters the fighter should have thought about those consequences before battering his girlfriend.

In the motion, Wright argues it is “inhumane” for Mayweather to be housed with felons, as he was convicted on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Mayweather, because of his celebrity, is held in lockdown 23 hours a day.

According to the motion, Mayweather had requested to be with the general population, but jail administrators have refused because of his celebrity.

“Whether Mr. Mayweather will be able to box again is dependent on his continued conditioning,” Wright states in the motion. “(Clark County Detention Center's) conduct may cause, not just huge financial harm to Mr. Mayweather, but also huge emotional harm if he is no longer able to pursue his boxing career because of the deconditioning he has suffered with CCDC.”

The motion also included an affidavit from Mayweather’s physician Dr. Robert Voy, who argues that Mayweather’s lack of exercise and quality food is delivering a knockout to his career. Voy conducted a physical on Mayweather on June 8, seven days after the boxer first entered jail. Voy observed diminished muscle tone and weight loss in examining Mayweather.

Voy’s report expresses concern over Mayweather’s mental state, saying he is anxious and upset and unable to “dissipate” those frustrations through exercise, as he is accustomed.

“At age 35, Floyd will struggle to regain his health,” Voy states. “The longer Floyd is held to the current regimen of no exercise and jail food, the more damage that will be done to Floyd’s physique. Floyd’s body is his business and his life’s work. Because of his age, the recovery time form the results of this jail detention will get longer and longer. And, he may not be able to physically recover entirely.”

Mayweather’s co-manager Leonard Ellerbe also submitted an affidavit with the motion in which he details the boxer’s training regimen and dedication to staying fit. Ellerbe says Mayweather will do three hours of boxing-related training per day and has his meals prepared by a live-in chef to ensure proper nutrition.

As an inmate under administrative segregation, Mayweather is not allowed access to the exercise area or gym, and his cell is too small for exercise, the motion says.

Wright argues in the motion that since the Clark County Detention Center will not house Mayweather with the general population, alternative sites for incarceration have been rejected, and he is being unfairly isolated, he should be allowed to spend the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

Rebecca Ferreira, who runs Safe Faith United an advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence, protested when Mayweather’s jail time was delayed so he could fight Miguel Cotto in May. Ferreira says if the motion is granted, it will be sending the wrong message to both victims and abusers.

“That’s not right,” Ferreira said. “This is part of his punishment. If he doesn’t like the food, too bad; he should have thought of that before laying hands on his girlfriend. He needs to take this like a man. Even people with medical conditions stay in jail. This guy is healthy. He has no medical condition. He should stay in jail.”

Ferreira said it is short notice to rally a protest, but she plans to go to the hearing Thursday when the motion will be heard.

“First they let them him go because of the fight, and we weren’t happy about that,” Ferreira said. “And now they are going to let him go because he is losing weight? Give me a break. They shouldn’t let him go because that will send the wrong message to victims. Other victims won’t come forward because they’ll see the justice system does not take the crime seriously.”

In addition to the 90-day jail sentence, Mayweather was ordered to pay $2,500 in fines, attend a yearlong domestic violence counseling class and perform 100 hours of community service. His attorneys noted Mayweather already had paid the fine, completed 45 hours of community service and attended 21 of the counseling classes.

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  1. No one wants to be in jail, no one wants to eat Jail food. Most that end up inside lose their jobs.

    Mr. Mayweather is now experiencing what all other criminals do.

    He has already been treated special by the court system.

    Hopefully they don't cut him any further slack because he is a "celebrity".

    If they let him out on house arrest how would they justify not letting everyone else out on house arrest?

  2. The argument that he can't exercise in his cell is ludicrous. I watch "locked up" all the time and see those thugs doing all kinds of exercises in tiny cells. They can work their upper body with push-ups in a number of positions, even along the wall face down. He can pretend he's jumping rope and jump up and down for 30 minutes or he can throw punches into the air. His 1 hr of yard time he can run. That's plenty of exercise. He's not training for a fight right now anyway, so the point is moot. As for the food, I'm sure a nutritionist checked off on it and found it to be adequate. Bottom line, he's just another prisoner. Quit whinning like a little beouch and do your time! (No, I wouldn't say that to his face, lol)

  3. Let him do his time!

  4. I agree that he should do his time. However,he's being unfairly treated then your normal person in jail. He's locked down in solitary confinement 23 hours a day because he's popular, not because he done anything wrong once in custody of the Clark County Detention Center. Mayweather requested general population that a normal person would receive, except he gets solitary. Hey MikeyA, I watch lock up too, they have him in the shoe, is that fair? You know what's going on. That's my 2 cents folks :-)

  5. Here's what I find Ironic!
    The man is in jail for an agreed term of 90 days for what exactly FIGHTING yep Imangine that fighting and to top that off his attorney charges that if his client is forced to complete his sentence then the Rehabilitation he agreed to would be a Success.

    He now want's a second bite of the apple.

  6. The TV character Barretta had sage advice:

    Don't want to do the time, don't do the crime.

    No exceptions for Mayweather, he's a big boy, he can do 90 days.

  7. What's "inhumane" is a man beating up a woman.

  8. "The TV character Barretta had sage advice..."

    brass -- you going to quote some fortune cookies next?

    "What's "inhumane" is a man beating up a woman."

    Noindex -- and what's unjust is taking the woman's word for it without evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.

    "Makes you feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game." -- Bob Dylan "Hurricane"

  9. KillerB, no one "took the woman's word for it without evidence." Mayweather pled guilty and no contest to the charges.

    It's worse is to assume a miscarriage of justice based on your prejudice against the law, when you've examined no evidence, no statements of witnesses nor forensics.

    I'll take Mr. Mayweather at his word: he harassed and assaulted the mother of his children. He deserves no special treatment, no special accommodation other than to protect his personal safety. His future career should have NO BEARING on how he should serve his sentence.

  10. Give me a break!!!! What a bunch a bull crap!!!! Let him serve out his time in the general population. He can keep fit by sparing with all the other inmates while at the same time working off those anger issues his lawyer claims he's experiencing in jail.

  11. Gee...another celebrity who wants to be above the law. Imagine that.

  12. If he'd rather be in general population for the rest of his time, let him. Otherwise, he should serve each and every day he was sentenced to. He should stay in great shape defending himself against the various inmates who would be trying to make a name for themselves by attacking him, and not necessarily with just fists. Hence solitary confinement.

  13. A whiner and a thug. I would think a better attorney could probably have made a more realistic and believable argument.

  14. Has his attorney seen some of the thugs that are in jail?! They're cut, muscular, and are able to carve out a body that many bodybuilders would die for! If they can do it, he can do it. He's a whiner crybaby! Get over it dude!

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  16. "KillerB, no one "took the woman's word for it without evidence." Mayweather pled guilty and no contest to the charges."

    edgewise -- you should read before you post. If you had you would have seen my post was a general response to a general statement, not aimed at any particular person. Do you know a man ordered away from his home and family by an domestic restraining order? They're done ex parte -- without first hearing his side of the story, and becomes a criminal just for sending his little girl a card on her birthday. If you don't, 'nuf said.

    "Gee...another celebrity who wants to be above the law. Imagine that."

    Lowjiber -- you should observe the courts and what they do to people's lives. You'll probably come to the same conclusion I did -- when you run out of money you run out of rights.

    "You don't know anything about a woman until you meet her in court." -- Norman Mailer

  17. "Go ahead and put him in general population. So he can get his butt beat, just like he beat his wife's butt."

    Wolfdog -- he's a prize fighter. Do the math, and try not to look like a buffoon next time.

    "'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble,.... 'the law is a ass -- a idiot.'" -- Charles Dickens, "Oliver Twist"

  18. The dilemma is not so much that he'll be hurt in general population, come on now, he's a great boxer. The problem is what he'd be able to buy himself. Weed for sure, if he wanted it. Good food for sure, he'd have the cooks in the kitchen making him some decent food for a mere $1000 on the books, a lot of money to a convict. He'd have people cleaning his room and changing his sheets every day. He'd probably pay to have an enforcer or bodyguard to watch his back (or two, three). Anyone stupid enough to step to him would be knocked out before they even got close. Money in lock-up buys these kinds of things, and the authorities know it. He'd be able to do his time much easier in general population, and they know it. The "man" wants him to suffer for 90 days, simple as that. It isn't fair, but it is what it is.

  19. Champ, you think it's inhumane? Good. Don't commit a crime. You don't go to jail. Do you understand (yet).