Floyd Mayweather Says NFL Went Too Far With Ray Rice Suspension

At least one person seems to think Ray Rice is getting a raw deal.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. told reporters on Tuesday that the NFL should've stuck to the initial two-game ban that was announced after the Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on domestic violence charges earlier this year.

Rice was cut from the Ravens -- and suspended indefinitely -- when a video released this week showed him apparently punching and knocking out Janay Palmer, his then-fiancee, in an elevator.

"They had said that they had suspended him for two games," Mayweather told reporters, according to The Ring. "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."

Mayweather, who served two months in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to domestic battery charges, said he saw the Rice video but still doesn't believe the NFL should've extended the 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 fighter has a long 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 and two days of house arrest. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in 2004 after a fight in a Las Vegas nightclub with two women and given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered into counseling.

However, Mayweather said he's been the victim of false accusations.

"Like I've said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing," Mayweather said, according to ESPN. "With O.J. and Nicole (Simpson), you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day."

Mayweather added that he wished Rice "nothing but the best" and suggested that he understood what he was 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 was quoted as saying. "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.”

Mayweather will put his WBC/WBA welterweight titles on the line on Saturday night when he fights Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.

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