Floyd Mayweather Jr speaks out on Las Vegas Shooting Allegations - Tells his side of the Story! By Johnny Benz (Sept 17, 2009) DoghouseBoxing
In a recent interview with David Mayo, a popular scribe from Grand Rapids Press, Floyd Mayweather Jr. who faces Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, spoke out on the recent shooting that occurred outside a skating rink in Las Vegas.
On August 23rd, shots were fired outside the Crystal Palace Skating Rink at a vehicle and it's 2 occupants in the parking lot. Mayweather Jr. tells the publication that he was not near the shots fired and that he also did not witness the violent event. According to official reports, Six shots hit a car in which two men who know Mayweather Jr. were inside of. Neither man was injured.
Mayweather Jr. has been ruled out a suspect and Police are looking for a man who goes by the name of O.C. who they believe is an associate of Mayweather's. Police are zeroing in on O.C. as their main suspect in the shooting.
Quoted by the Grand Rapids Press, Mayweather Jr. stated: "Wasn't no shots fired when I was there."
Damein Bland, who was the passenger in the car that got shot up, was a childhood friend of Mayweather's. According to Mayo's article, Mayweather discovered information that Bland is a police informant and that he also told police he saw three men, one of which was Mayweather Jr., standing by the Mayweather's car when the shots were fired from that direction.
Denying the allegations that he was part of the shooting, Mayweather Jr. tells the Grand Rapids Press: "They said shots were fired and it came from our way. Come on, man. I've got the most obvious car out there. A Rolls-Royce. I'm the only one with a Rolls-Royce. I don't care if you're driving a Benz or whatever. The most noticeable car is the one they're going to notice the most."
Mayweather also stated that the driver of the car that was shot at, Quincey Williams, was a person that he had disagreement with in the past. Prior to the events that took place at the Skating Rink, Mayweather Jr. had Williams removed from loitering outside his gym. Unhappy with his removal from Mayweather's gym property, Williams sent Mayweather Jr. a text message that was derogatory in nature.
On the day of the shooting, Mayweather was at the rink skating with his children. Williams along with Bland entered the rink at around 20 minutes before the rink was set to close at 10 P.M. "I was like, 'Damn, what are they doing out here?' I didn't have my security with me at that particular time so I felt uncomfortable." said Mayweather Jr., adding: "I just had my children with me. So I was kind of like, 'Let me leave.' "
Before Mayweather could get his children packed up to leave the premises, he was approached by both men. Mayweather took the opportunity to asked Williams not to send any more "disrespectful" texts. Bland then confronted Mayweather asking what happened. Mayweather responded by stating: "I wouldn't let him come in my gym because he deals with you and I know you've got certain problems with different people."
Mayweather Jr went on to tell Mayo: "Later on, all of a sudden, I hear they're saying, 'Oh, they're looking for this type of guy,' and that shots came from my Rolls-Royce. So the police came to my house, invaded my house, flipped my house and tore my house up. Simple as that."