Floyd Mayweather: Jail Time, Hero Worship and Ethics

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIDecember 24, 2011

One of our esteemed readers (A.P.) at B/R kindly brought to my attention the necessity for hero worship to take a back seat and for family values and ethics to come to the fore, with regards to Mayweather's actions which recently landed him a stint in a county jail.

The beauty of freedom of speech is that all and sundry can opine (whether rightly or wrongly) to their hearts content, and so shall I.

Still, feel free to feed me to the wolves if it's not to your liking.

I've never been a hero worshiping type of guy, though I'm guilty of certain offenses—I'm a massive Mayweather fan, as I am a Mike Tyson fan—I just love the bad guys.

Give me a gangster movie any day, and 10 times out of 10, I'll always side with the antagonist—Tony Montana (Scarface), Keyser Söze (Usual Suspects), Tommy Devito and Jimmy Conway (Goodfellas)—you name them, I've got their back 24/7.

Still, when common sense prevails apropos Tyson and Mayweather, I'll sometimes soliloquize: "Guys, you've got it all—the fame, the money and a lifestyle that most people would gladly swap places for in a heartbeat, do us all a favor and get a grip, and whilst you're at it, cease up as well."

I do comprehend, however, that they're in the limelight, and like every other star attempting to further their celebrity, they end up either playing the game or overplaying it.

Nevertheless, every so often, not particularly Mayweather, but the antics of certain celebrities come across as unseemly, bordering on embarrassing and deplorable.

The problem with having a certain type of persona in the public domain is that said persons begin to believe that they're above the law, or tend to assume the role of alpha and omega, and as such presume that they can do as they desire, as if they're untouchable.


Succinctly put, they begin to believe their own hype.

Mayweather begins his sentence on Jan. 6, 2012, after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge.

I'll put aside the violence to women and kids and just say what it says on the tin: Unwarranted violence against any persons is unacceptable, period.

Still, in Money's case, who are we to judge him when neither of us has walked a mile in his shoes?

His crime might have left some people aghast, dismayed and even enraged, but none of us were privy to what led up to the events as well as what transpired between Mayweather and his ex, Josie Harris, for things to come to what they presently are.

As always, there are two sides to every story.

Also, Mayweather's sentence might not be commensurate with the transgressions committed, but one thing it has achieved is relieving him of his liberty, freedom that I'm sure he'll begin to appreciate once those doors slam shut behind him.

Still, his 90-day sentence could easily be reduced to six-weeks on account of good behavior, and thus he could be out by the end of February, much to the chagrin of those who would rather he had served the full six-month sentence.

Blame that on Sin City.

With that said, if he can sober reflect on his present predicament whilst seated in his jail cell, and find ways to somehow rectify the same error of judgement that placed him there in the first place, then he'll be all the better for it.

Also, not only will he be doing a service to both his fans and his family, but to himself as well.