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Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

He’s a powerful, famous, rich athlete. She’s his ex-fiancee, who apparently broke his heart, potentially interrupting his training for an upcoming bout. At least that’s the story told by the sports news world when discussing the relationship of boxer Floyd Mayweather and his ex, which the prizefighter claims ended when he lied to her about miscarrying, actually procuring an abortion instead.

That version of the events comes straight from a world that is obsessed with its public figures and revered athletes and is incapable of seeing potential faults like domestic violence, intimidation and manipulation, and physical or emotional abuse. It comes from a media that can interview an athlete extensively about game day preparation, yet ignore jail time for domestic assault, such as the sentence Mayweather himself served for one of a number of instances of domestic violence he was accused of committing.

“This kind of coverage makes me so angry because most people probably didn’t even think twice about the reason Mayweather went to jail because the way most sports media works, we are supposed to see athletes as the protagonists in their own story,” writes Jessica Luther, who specializes in tracking abuse and assault in the sports world, regarding Mayweather’s domestic violence past. “It isn’t about what Mayweather did but what was done to him.”

What was done to him, in this recent case, was allegedly a refusal by his ex to bear him children when she got pregnant. Mayweather callously disregarded her personal and medical privacy, posting an ultrasound of two 6 week old embryos and claiming that she aborted them against his wishes. “The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies,” he wrote, although later he removed the picture and comment.

Damage, obviously, was already done. Besides making her private decisions public, he essentially called her a murderer, as well as inferred that she may have had the abortion because she was pregnant by someone else. In fact, there is little more that Mayweather could have done to attack the woman online, setting publicity off after her as well as his own fans.

That Mayweather, who already had a history of violence against him, is somehow seen as the victim when he purposefully set into action this systematic emotional abuse is baffling. In fact, anti-abortion groups are hailing him as a hero and using him as a symbol of how “harmed” men can be if they can’t stop women from having abortions. “How horribly ironic that one of the greatest Professional Boxers in the world is powerless after Roe V Wade to defend the life of his unborn children,” writes Priests for Life’s Kevin Burke, who then hopes that he will come for “healing” with their post-abortive counseling group.

With a history of abuse towards women, the idea that his fiance may have chosen not to continue a pregnancy with him, and potentially told him that she miscarried in order to hide the truth, as Mayweather claims, isn’t too surprising. While some may feel unable to leave a relationship with someone who is physically or emotionally abusing them, the thought of raising children in that dynamic may be terrifying enough to make them seek out an abortion, not wanting her child to be a part of that relationship or fearing it may tie them together forever.

This idea of being owed control of children, and using them to control or punish the mother, isn’t Mayweather’s alone. We saw the same sort of emotional manipulation and using of potential life in the Bode Miller case, where he accused his ex of stealing his baby in the womb when she left the state to seek better educational opportunities and a better future for herself and her unborn child.

Mayweather is no victim for outing an ex’s abortion, and the media and anti-abortion activists are wrong to treat him as such. When someone exposes a partner’s personal medical decisions, using that as a means to rally the public against her and punish her for her choices, that is emotional abuse, and it needs to be called what it really is.

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11:38AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Athletes are protected. Doesn't matter what they do. My question is why are they above the law?

5:53AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Pathetic

7:58AM PDT on May 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:24AM PDT on May 6, 2014

ty

7:48AM PDT on May 5, 2014

Mayweather obviously views his woman as his property and, of course, would view the fetus as his property too. The anti-choice groups do not care about the life of the woman, or the child...just that she does not get an abortion! These tunnel-visioned anti-choice, so-called Christians are just plain and simply Christian terrorists!

@Sharon D. , There seems to some misunderstandings here. It's the so-called pro-choice groups that are focused on nothing more than one thing, that are there to provide one thing and one thing only: abortion. Abortionists and pro-aborts are the real terrorists. Fetuses should not be treated as one person's property but rather as unique, separate, human beings, gifts from God whose lives are worthy of protection.

5:24AM PDT on May 5, 2014

disgusting

11:00PM PDT on May 4, 2014

ME THINKS HE'S JUST ANOTHER 'JOCK' USING THE MEDIA TO HIS ADVANTAGE! THE FACT HE IS A CONVICTED BULLY MUST BE CONSIDERED AS JUST MAYBE THE REASON HIS POOR EX GIRLFRIEND WATED AND PROCURED AN ABORTION- ABORTING IS RARELY A MATTER ANY FEMALE TAKES LIGHTLY OR MERELY TO ANTAGNONIZE A PARTNER.

5:59PM PDT on May 4, 2014

Why do female primates rate males sexually by their potential for violence? Doesn't seem to work well for our species.

4:47PM PDT on May 4, 2014

So a partner with a record for domestic violence claims he dumped his ex because she aborted their twin babies. She claims she miscarried. Given the stress of an abusive relationship and the fear engendered by a physically powerful partner who uses his fists to make a living I am far more inclined to believe her. What he has done is swapped physical abuse for emotional abuse. He is still an abuser.

4:00PM PDT on May 4, 2014

Has anyone else actually looked at the ultrasound report? The document says NOTHING about abortion; it only indicates that there is a pregnancy and makes some additional notes about it.

And speaking of the notes, something may have been off with the pregnancy.

The report indicated that there are multiple embryos -- 2 or 3. Farther down, a handwritten notation says something particular about "#3" that SEEMS to indicate that there's something odd or different about it.

All the embryos are different sizes, and the two that were measurable even have different gestational ages noted.

While this may not be a positive indication that something was so wrong she miscarried, neither does it indicate that she had an abortion.

The real question is how he got ANY medical record or report that was in HER name. If she were having an elective abortion, why would she give the ultrasound report to him, unless as a means of explaining why?

I suspect there's way more to this situation than Floyd will ever tweet.

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