Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s imprisonment will obviously have a negative impact on his career. But that's the price he must pay for his crime. Mayweather requested a release from prison, and asked for permission to transition to house arrest. But, as Sports Illustrated reported, Judge Melissa Saragosa denied Mayweather's request yesterday .
Mayweather hasn't been eating, and a doctor has reported a deteriorating physical and mental state. David Mayo of Mlive.com reports:
"The doctor also said he was concerned that Mayweather could suffer depression and anger issues as a result of his isolation, and wrote that Mayweather considered the solitary confinement 'unfair and inhumane.'"
These details make it seem almost impossible for Mayweather to emerge from prison in the mental or physical shape to fight. At 35 years old, the chances he can bounce back after a prolonged period of poor physical conditioning are slight.
Mayweather has been placed in solitary confinement due to his celebrity status, but the confinement doesn't allow him the ability to work out like the other inmates. Judge Saragosa says that Mayweather has been provided ample amounts of water, and he isn't eating because he doesn't want the food.
It's a sticky situation, and one in which I can understand both sides. But at the end of the day, jail isn't supposed to be fun. It isn't supposed to be inhumane, either, but providing all the comforts of home circumvents the purpose of the confinement.
Claims about solitary confinement's negative effects aren't unfounded. Jenny Krestev, Pathena Prokipidis, and Evan Sycamnias of the AU Law Library wrote this of solitary confinement in a report called Effects of Imprisonment:
The use of solitary confinement was originally designed to allow prisoners to rediscover their own conscience and better voice through spiritual conversion. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that no form of torture could have been worse than solitary confinement because it ended up causing within many prisoners adverse psychological effects such as:
- dissatisfaction with life,
- feelings of panic,
- And in many instances, madness.
That said, this situation doesn't leave a ton of fair options to explore. Because he is a celebrity, he has to be separated from general population for his own safety. That dynamic deprives him of some of the "privileges" other inmates have.
What's the solution here?
House arrest seemed like it was too much to ask, and even more to grant. I don't think there is a way out of this for Mayweather. He was jailed for a violent crime, and that requires a sentence in a designated facility.
The only thing he can do at this point is to try and maintain mental resolve. He must humble himself, take this punishment and look to a higher power for strength. This is for the purpose of self-preservation.
In this situation, his career must come second, because it may very well be a casualty of the repercussions of his actions.
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