Floyd Mayweather opined that the NFL punished Ray Rice too harshly in response to the release of a video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back throwing a short, powerful punch that knocked out the woman he has since married.
“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”
The league initially suspended the running back for two games. After the release of the video, the NFL suspended him indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens released Rice.
The undefeated welterweight, who takes on Marcos Maidana in a rematch on Saturday, served time in jail for domestic violence. Mayweather claims he was falsely accused but took a plea bargain because he faced more than three decades in jail.
“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” the 46-0 fighter said of accusations against him. “With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten [by Floyd Mayweather].