Floyd Mayweather Jr. Denied House Arrest After Claiming Mistreatment in Jail

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. answers questions during a news conference following his fight against Victor Ortiz, also of the U.S., at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 17, 2011. Mayweather Jr took the WBC welterweight title from Ortiz with a controversial fourth-round knockout on Saturday that prompted an angry response from the crowd and raised questions about his conduct in the ring.
By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
June 14, 2012|12:41 pm

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was denied the opportunity to serve the remainder of his jail sentence under house arrest, days after his lawyer filed a motion requesting his removal from solitary confinement where he claims the boxer could suffer mentally and physically.

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa made her decision to deny the motion filed by Mayweather's lawyer Richard Wright late on Wednesday. Wright's motion stated that Mayweather was dehydrated, did not have room to exercise properly which could lead to depression, and that he was being unfairly treated by being isolated from the general jail population because of his celebrity status.

However, Saragosa denied 35-year-old Mayweather's request to serve the rest of his sentence in a down-sized apartment, stating that he was the cause of many of his own issues in jail.

"While the physical training areas and times provided to (Mayweather) may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses," Saragosa wrote in her response to the motion. "The Court finds the alleged dehydration of the Defendant to be self-induced as water is made available to him twenty-four hours a day. The Court further finds the estimated intake of only 800 calories per day is also self-induced as Defendant chooses not to eat the food provided."

Saragosa's response came days after Mayweather's personal physician, Dr. Robert Voy, included an affidavit in a 35-page motion presented by the boxer's lawyer stating that staying in the isolated cell, as was mandated because of his celebrity status, could be harmful to his career.

"After examining Mr. Mayweather, Dr. Voy was concerned with Mr. Mayweather's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes," the motion said. "Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career."

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While Saragosa denied the motion filed by Mayweather's attorney, the report suggested that the boxer's legal team may continue to challenge his solitary confinement by citing it as a civil rights violation. If this happens, the issue would have to be tried outside of the Justice Court's jurisdiction.

Mayweather is serving three months at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on domestic abuse and harassment charges.

 

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