Floyd Mayweather Defends Ray Rice: Others Have Done Worse!

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According to indisputable video evidence, Ray Rice knocked out his then-fiance, Janay Palmer, with a left hook to the face while the two were inside a casino elevator in February.

In response, the Baltimore Ravens cut the running back and the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.

The latter was a significantly harsher punishment than the initial two-game suspension doled out by Commissioner Roger Goodell over the summer... but did you see the aforementioned video?!?

Who could argue that Rice doesn't deserve whatever comes his way? Floyd Mayweather, that's who.

"They had said that they had suspended him for two games," Mayweather told reporters yesterday. "Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word.

"If you tell me you're going to do something, do what you say you're going to do. But once again, I'm not in the NFL, so I can't really speak about the situation."

Except Mayweather did then go on to speak more about the situation.

The boxer, who served two months in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to domestic battery charges, said he saw the elevator footage, but still doesn't believe the NFL should have extended Rice's suspension.

"I think there are a lot worst things that go on in other people’s households also. It's just not caught on video,” said Mayweather.

The unbeaten 37-year-old has a sordid history of violent behavior outside the ring.

He pleaded guilty in 2002 to two counts of domestic violence and was given a six-month suspended sentence, along with two days of house arrest.

He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in 2004 after a brawl in a Sin City nightclub with two women and given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered into counseling.

Mayweather added that he wished Rice "nothing but the best," suggesting that he understood what the former All-Pro is going through.

"I know he’s probably going through a lot right now because football is his passion, football is his love. It’s no different than with me being in the fight game," Mayweather said.

"If they told me, ‘Floyd, you’ve got the biggest deal in sports history,’ and then a couple months later, they say, ‘You know what, your deal is taken away from you’ - oh, man. It’s not really just the money, it’s just the love of the sport, the passion."

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