Where is Boxing’s Accountability for Domestic Violence Abuse?
Floyd Mayweather is undoubtedly a great boxer, but his history of domestic violence and his efforts to avoid accountability, overshadow his career inside the ring. He has been involved in seven domestic abuse cases in the past 12 years. According to sources, Mayweather has multiple convictions for domestic abuse and in one case even served 60 days in jail for punching and kicking the mother of his children in the head as she lay on the ground.
We have heard of domestic abuse charges by other athletes in different sports such as basketball and baseball. Domestic abuse charges by players in those sports genres are quickly held accountable, being disciplined financially and often with significant suspension. Not so with the evasive and unrepentant Mayweather. One wonders where the accountability for domestic violence is in the sport of boxing?
Instead, all that we have seen is a mockery being made of the domestic violence victims, or as we prefer to call these women, Survivors. The attempts by the Mayweather camp to suppress accountability puts light on a disturbing corporate trend in the sport of boxing. There seems to be no remorse or accountability towards Mayweather’s actions nor their own, thus enabling and perpetuating an acceptable culture of violence toward women.
This normalization of violence, unfortunately, is a common occurrence in our society. Where the legitimacy of women’s voices and claims for justice are diminished by privileging the perspectives of men, who have a monetary investment in the maintenance of such injustices (in most cases) against women. By remaining silent we allow the culture of domestic and sexual violence to survive and thrive.
Hopefully this situation won’t remain business as usual. The move for accountability in boxing is now up to the common folks, sports fans, and others who feed the pockets of boxing’s corporate network.
Empowerment in Light of Mayweather’s Domestic Violence
Sometimes people don’t know they are in an abusive relationship. But when they see a domestic abuse scenario play out in the media and hear the conversations, they start to reach out because they realize something is not right. I think it is great that awareness is been created because it gives the public a vocabulary and context by which to start talking about domestic abuse culture in our society.
With that I would like to share this table of information:
SIGNS THAT YOU’RE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
|Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings||Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior|
feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
Does your partner:
humiliate or yell at you?
|avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?||criticize you and put you down?|
|feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?||treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?|
|believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?||ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?|
|wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?||blame you for their own abusive behavior?|
|feel emotionally numb or helpless?||see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?|
Your Partner’s Violent Behavior or Threats
Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior
|Does your partner:
have a bad and unpredictable temper?
|Does your partner:
act excessively jealous and possessive?
|hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?||control where you go or what you do?|
|threaten to take your children away or harm them?||keep you from seeing your friends or family?|
|threaten to commit suicide if you leave?||limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?|
|force you to have sex?||limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?|
|destroy your belongings?||constantly check up on you?|
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