Floyd Mayweather, who faces the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana on pay-per view Saturday night from Las Vegas, tweeted out that his recent breakup stemmed from his fiancee’s abortion. The Tweet quickly coaxed a delete.
“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion,” the undefeated welterweight tweeted, “and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.”
Reportedly, Jackson, who had received a $10 million engagement ring from the fighter, initially told Mayweather she had miscarried. Since the breakup last year, she has moved on to a relationship with the rapper Nelly.
The publicizing of such private information, and the pro-life pronouncement, quickly elicited online outrage.
“Mayweather posting that announcement (basically called her a baby killer) plus ultrasound photos on FB is abusive behavior,” Sports on Earth writer Jessica Luther tweeted. She labeled Money Mayweather and his online followers “anti-choicers.” Another writer sees the Tweet as a potential disqualification for buying the Clippers, an idea the sports world’s highest-paid athlete floated earlier this week. “Reminder that Floyd Mayweather is interested in owning the Los Angeles Clippers,” Michael Katz wrote at SB Nation. “That seems like a bad idea.”
Clippers guard J.J. Redick and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently weathered accusations that they pressured girlfriends to abort their unborn children. Mayweather, who certainly can afford an expanding brood, appears as the rare athlete baby-daddy welcoming offspring instead of hiring a medical hit man to exterminate them.
Somehow this makes him a horrible person. Beam me up, Scotty!