Controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had his share of legal problems in recent times and it appears they just keep piling up. The WBC welterweight champion was sentenced to 40 hours of community service on Nov. 7, for delaying a deposition under false pretences.
Mayweather, who is currently involved in a copyright infringement suit (revolving around the entrance song he used while working with the WWE), had a scheduled deposition postponed. Mayweather wanted the deposition postponed in order to have more time to recover from his injuries.
Unfortunately for Mayweather, the plaintiff’s lawyer got a hold of a video showing him partying on the day of the deposition, and that’s apparently enough to get him 40 hours of community service. Mayweather is expected complete his 40 hours with the Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity Project by the end of January, 2011, or face harsher penalties.
“At the parties in question, Mayweather can be seen burning money, allegedly one-hundred dollar bills, while in another video he throws money into the crowd,” U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. wrote in his ruling, as he explained his decision not to go with the traditional fine. “Mayweather often advertises himself using the moniker ‘Money Mayweather’ and his production company is Philthy Rich Records. Suffice it to say that Mayweather has substantial personal wealth.”
Mayweather has made a lot of money marketing himself as boxing’s number one villain, but it’s also taking a toll on his personal life. Even a federal judge, who is expected to make rational decisions in the toughest circumstances imaginable, couldn’t resist the temptation to make a point with the 34 year old boxer.
It would have been one thing if Mayweather missed a court deposition to go clubbing, but he actually had his court date postponed. Unfortunately for Mayweather, we currently have a culture where even federal judges can’t resist the urge to get their 15 minutes of fame.
Definitely one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a while, and I’m sure Mayweather’s camp will fight the ruling.