Despite spending two months in prison for punching former long-term partner Josie Harris, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has wasted no opportunity to deny and downplay the events of September 9, 2010. In fact, boxing’s biggest draw tells a very different version of what happened on the night that ultimately led to his incarceration last summer.
Harris has refused to detail the attack until now, choosing instead to relocate with the three children she shares with Mayweather to Valencia, Calif.
However, after a scene in Showtime’s “30 Days In May” – an hour-long documentary used to promote Mayweather’s May 4 bout against Robert Guerrero – attempted to rationalize Mayweather’s domestic violence conviction, Harris decided to speak out.
In an exclusive interview at her home with Yahoo! Sports, Harris first sought to answer the messages put forward by the documentary:
That she, and her children, had lied.
That Mayweather’s incarceration was wrong.
And that the beating was either falsified, embellished, or somehow deserved.
What transpired over the course of an extraordinary three-hour conversation was an intriguing look into the complex mindset of one of sports’ most divisive characters.
See the police report below…
“Did he beat me to a pulp?” said Josie Harris, sitting in her living room in a development in Valencia. “No, but I had bruises on my body and contusions and [a] concussion because the hits were to the back of my head. I believe it was planned to do that … because the bruises don’t show …”
Her voice trails off as she produces a doctor’s report describing the injuries following her visit to Southern Hills Hospital in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
Throughout the documentary, Mayweather called the charges “over-exaggerated” and “trumped up,” while his team of handlers insisted there was no violence and no physical harm inflicted.
“This judicial system is really messed up,” said Mayweather’s current partner, Shantel “Miss” Jackson, in the documentary. “How can someone who really didn’t do anything have to suffer a consequence for something of this magnitude? It really does anger me, because how can a lie get so far?”
The doctor’s report tells a different story, of bruising and contusions.
So does Harris’ next document, a handwritten statement then 11-year-old Koraun Mayweather gave to police. It was Koraun who, according to his written statement to police, ran for help when he “saw my Dad hit[t]ing” and “kicking my Mom.”
Yahoo! Sports reviewed copies of the doctor’s report and Koraun’s written statements to police. Harris declined to make the copies public. According to her representative, she did not want to distract Mayweather so close to a fight.
The altercation happened when Mayweather returned to Harris’ property at 5 a.m. on September 9. Police had already been summoned following a verbal dispute hours earlier, but Mayweather came back. Harris says she was asleep on the living room couch when she woke up to Mayweather, holding her cell phone, yelling at her about text messages from NBA guard C.J. Watson.
Mayweather and Harris were no longer together; the boxer had by then installed Jackson in his home and as his main love interest. But, according to Harris, it was not acceptable to Mayweather for her to see other men while living in a house he owned.
“Are you having sex with C.J.?” Mayweather yelled at Harris, according to the arrest report.
“Yes, that is who I am seeing now,” she replied.
Mayweather then grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the back of the head “with a closed fist several times,” according to the report. He then pulled her off the couch by her hair and twisted her left arm.
Yahoo! Sports reached out to Mayweather for comment via chief adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, and lawyer, Richard Wright. Neither responded.
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