May 01, 2015

Question of the Day: Should we boycott athletes with a history of domestic violence?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

It’s being called the fight of the century. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may be ready to rumble on Saturday night, calls to boycott the fight are mounting in protest of Mayweather’s domestic violence record.

I hit the streets to see if you think people should boycott sporting events if an athlete has a history of domestic abuse.

What do you think? Speak your mind in the comments!

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commented 2015-05-01 19:48:39 -0400
I don’t believe that boycotting the fight is the answer. That’s putting the onus on the boxing fans and the general public. Not only is that not the fans responsibility, it’s also impractical. How are you going to get such a divers group of people to agree on anything? The onus should be on the licensing bodies and boxing organizations to strip him of his titles and his license to box. Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have had his license to box revoked and his titles stripped as soon as he was convicted of domestic violence. The only reason that didn’t happen is because he’s a cash cow, and there are way too many competing boxing bodies and licensing jurisdictions vying for a piece of the action. (WBC, WBA, IBF, etc. and no central licensing authority). They all failed in their duty. You can’t place that responsibility on the fans. I don’t think that’s fair.
commented 2015-05-01 18:14:49 -0400
Perhaps the punishment for the boxer mentioned below should have been imprisonment. He would not go to Vietnam as he supposedly was anti-war but had no problem smashing someone’s head in. Perhaps the start of political correctness in the US.
commented 2015-05-01 17:23:15 -0400
I don’t really know anything about either of these fighters, and in spite of domestic violence being a reprehensible crime; I should be consistent with myself. I believe the opportunity to make a contribution to society and earn a living should be available regardless of one’s criminal record (so long as it doesn’t interfere with prison time, for example).

Back in the day, I was quite angry with the United States government (and I still am) for not allowing Muhammad Ali to continue to box professionally for his crime of refusing induction into the U.S. army. To this day, I still don’t know what his appropriate punishment should have been. I just believe he should at least have been at liberty to do his job regardless of any support, or lack of support, from me.
commented 2015-05-01 17:18:27 -0400
Yes, boycott them. They are very bad examples to fans of all ages and the younger ones stuck in hero-think will imitate them in some ways including thinking they can get away with violence just because their sports stars.
Standard youth behavior as well as some dumb unthinking adults.
Who wants violent thugs hurting people outside the sports, in the sports? Its a no-brainer. Kick them out, let the people see that we can’t get away with inane drone behavior and violence and still make millions by being a bastard.
commented 2015-05-01 16:59:35 -0400
Professional sports is there to keep the masses from concentrating on what really matters. Professional athletes these days seem to be misfits of society. I would give this fight a miss along with any sport that has thugs involved.
commented 2015-05-01 16:57:58 -0400
Violence against women has never been condoned in our society in my lifetime and that should also include the sports and celebrity world. I find violence against women one of the most heinous acts that people can do and as such would never support the careers of those individuals no matter who they are or their pposition.