Mayweather troubles go on


Legal troubles continue to mount for champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

On Monday, Mayweather was accused of assault with a deadly weapon for trying to force another vehicle off the road, according to a Las Vegas police incident report .

Mayweather was not arrested, according to jail records.

The accuser was 26-year-old Quincey Williams, a former Mayweather acquaintance and employee. Williams also was the victim of an August 2009 shooting at a local roller skating rink that investigators said involved an associate of the boxer. Ocie Harris was indicted on two felonies, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting.

According to an incident report filed Monday, Williams said he was driving a red Mazda sedan on Arville Road, near Spring Mountain Road, when Mayweather, in a white Bentley, made a U-turn and "tried to run him off the road."

The report said the Bentley did not strike the Mazda, and no other witnesses were listed.

Mayweather's attorney, Karen Winckler, would not comment.

Williams said Tuesday he has feared for his life since the skating rink shooting. "He (Mayweather) feels like he's entitled to do whatever he wants and get away with it. He wants to walk around and intimidate people like he's some type of thug."

Williams said he was a young boxer when he first met Mayweather after his success in the 1996 Olympics. Williams later worked for Mayweather but said he quit because of low pay.

Williams said their relationship soured after he sent a text message to Mayweather saying he hoped the undefeated boxer would lose.

Months after the text message was sent, on the evening of Aug. 23, 2009, Williams told authorities Mayweather threatened his life at the Crystal Palace Skating Center on Boulder Highway, north of Flamingo Road.

Authorities allege that around 10 p.m. that day, Harris, a Mayweather bodyguard, shot at a BMW containing Williams and another man, Damein Bland, as the vehicle was leaving the skating rink. The car was hit six times.

No one was injured, and Mayweather was not charged.

Williams reiterated Tuesday that he thinks Mayweather told Harris to shoot him. Williams said he did not know Harris, who is from Chicago, before that night.

Monday's incident is expected to be reviewed by detectives. The case then could be forwarded to the Clark County district attorney's office for review.

Police spokesman officer Marcus Martin would not comment on the case because there was an ongoing investigation.

If the accusation has validity, a Las Vegas justice of the peace could revoke Mayweather's bail in his domestic violence case.

Monday's incident is the latest in a series of criminal investigations involving the boxer.

Earlier this month, Mayweather was accused of misdemeanor battery by a security guard at the Southern Highlands development. Mayweather was accused of poking the security guard several times in the face following the Nov. 15 confrontation over a parking citation, authorities said.

Police are investigating that report, and Mayweather has not been charged.

Meanwhile, Mayweather awaits a January preliminary hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court for several felony charges, including felony coercion, grand larceny, and robbery in connection with a Sept. 9 domestic violence incident with his three children and their mother, Josie Harris.

Mayweather is free on $31,000 bail in that case.

Harris has accused Mayweather of domestic violence in the past, only to recant her story or stop cooperating with police.

In December 2003, she told police he assaulted her outside a nightclub during an argument over another woman. But at the July 2005 trial, Harris testified that she had lied about being beaten. She told the jury Mayweather was a "teddy bear" who had never laid a hand on her. The jury acquitted Mayweather of the felony domestic violence charge.

In 2002, Mayweather pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

In 2005, he was convicted in the unprovoked beating of two women in the Ra nightclub at Luxor. He received a suspended one-year jail sentence and an order to undergo counseling.

Mayweather does not hold a world championship boxing title but has won nine championships in five different weight classes.

He was rated by The Ring Magazine as the No. 1 "pound for pound" fighter from July 18, 2005, to June 2008. The magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1998 and 2007, and the Boxing Writers Association of America named him Fighter of the Year in 2007.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

 

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