Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is no stranger to controversy, given his role both in and out of the boxing ring. At best, he’s an antihero and, at worst, he’s the villain that hasn’t lost yet with an undefeated record to show for it. But what he is a stranger to, is politics. Which made it that much more surprising when he took it upon himself to comment on the tension building between police and citizens of color today.
“I’m here to say all lives matter,” Mayweather said, according to Yahoo. “You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say, ‘black lives matter,’ or ‘blue lives matter,’ all lives matter.”
While it could be said that supporting All Lives Matter is an example of Mayweather being a “follower” himself, he continued to lean on accountability politics as if black people haven’t been getting shot by police while doing absolutely nothing wrong.
“It’s not right what is going on in this world on both sides,” Mayweather said. “What I learned from boxing and what everyone can take in real life is to follow directions, follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time.”
It’s doubtful that Mayweather will be particularly bothered by his latest controversy given that he’s made facing confrontation an active part of his life. But it’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect his recent declaration has on his fanbase.
Check out a video of the moment below.
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