After only 12 days in jail, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is already filing paperwork requesting a release to house arrest, saying that his jail time is threatening his boxing career.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
An emergency motion obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows Mayweather's lawyers will ask Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa as early as today that the former Olympic bronze medal winner be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.
The 35-year-old's physical conditioning is deteriorating under the stress of being jailed at the Clark County Detention Center, and he is being held in "inhumane conditions," lawyer Richard Wright said in the motion filed Monday.
The boxer is being segregated from the general population and confined to his cell 23 hours a day in a locked-down section populated by felony defendants, Wright said. And in the hour each day Mayweather is allowed in a recreation area, he is alone and unable to use training facilities.
Wright stated that others who have committed similar misdemeanor offenses are treated differently and Mayweather's celebrity status "cannot be accommodated at the CCDC."
The 35-page motion, which included affidavits from Mayweather's co-manager, Leonard Ellerbe, and personal physician Dr. Robert Voy, stated that if Mayweather remained in jail, it would threaten his career. He had planned on fighting for at least two more years, according to the motion.
"After examining Mr. Mayweather, Dr. Voy was concerned with Mr. Mayweather's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes," the motion said.
Voy also "expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather's health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique," the motion said.
"Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career," the motion said.
Voy was concerned that Mayweather was withdrawing into depression and developing anger issues that he normally can "dissipate" through his exercise routine.
"Whether Mr. Mayweather will be able to box again is dependent on his continued conditioning," Wright added in the motion, "To lose his physique and ability to box because of being placed in administrative segregation is a blow he should not have to take."
That Mayweather is being held in isolation and not able to maintain his training regime "may cause, not just huge financial harm to Mayweather, but also huge emotional harm if he is no longer able to pursue his boxing career because of the de-conditioning he has suffered ."
Forgive me if I seem a bit harsh, but I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for Mayweather.
While it does seem that he's being treated a bit unfairly by prison officials, there's actually a very simple solution to all of this.
Don't get arrested.
If Mayweather hadn't beaten his ex-girlfriend, he could be at home right now, preparing for his next fight.
It's really not a hard concept, and most of the general public manages to avoid activities that result in jail time.
Also, I'm a bit skeptical about his claims that 3 months in jail will jeopardize an entire lifetime worth of training.
Call me crazy, but I think that if Floyd does some pushups and crunches in his cell, he'll be able to maintain a decent enough physical conditioning level that he'll be able to salvage his career when he gets out.
Again... Call me crazy, but I think there are a lot of boxers who take MORE than 3 months off from training, and treat their bodies worse than Mayweather's is being treated right now, before going back into training.
Nice try, but you did the crime, and now you have to do your time, Mr. Mayweather. You'll get no sympathy from me.