Mayweather denies ties to rink shooting


Authorities seized two handguns, multiple rounds of ammunition and two bulletproof vests from the Southern Hills home of champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. this week as part of an investigation into the Sunday shooting at a roller rink.

Two cell phones, a photo album, and two plastic bottles were also taken, according to a Las Vegas police search warrant unsealed Thursday.

The warrant also supported a claim that a witness made to the Review-Journal on Monday -- that Mayweather was present at the rink and that he threatened someone prior to the shooting.

Mayweather's attorney, Richard Wright, said the guns belonged to the boxer's two bodyguards and that Mayweather didn't threaten anybody.

"He was at the ice skating place with his family," Wright said. "He was not involved in any incident involving gunfire, if that's what the accusation is."

Mayweather's Rolls Royce was seen in the parking lot of the Crystal Palace Skating Center, on Boulder Highway near Flamingo Road, Sunday night. A witness, 24-year-old Quincey Williams, told the Review-Journal the boxer threatened him over a text message Williams sent him saying he hoped the undefeated Mayweather would lose.

Mayweather said, "He's got enough money to get me hit," Williams said. Williams considered it a threat to his life.

Not more than an hour later, as Williams and a friend were leaving, Williams said the car he was riding in was peppered with six gunshots. Nobody was hit.

In the warrant, Williams' friend, Damein Bland, told police that two people were with Mayweather at the rink: a man Bland knew as "O.C." and a man named Jackie Ray Jones.

Bland saw Mayweather and the two men by the boxer's Rolls Royce. As Bland and Williams were leaving, Bland said he saw O.C. reach into his groin area and shortly after heard gunshots. He looked and saw O.C. with a firearm in his hand and a flash coming from it, according to the warrant.

Williams and Bland described O.C. as having shoulder-length dreadlocks, which was consistent with independent witnesses at the scene, police noted in the warrant.

When police reached Mayweather at his home, Mayweather said he didn't know an "O.C." and didn't know anything about the shooting. He did confirm that he was at the rink, according to the warrant.

During a live chat on ESPN's Web site Thursday, Mayweather was asked about the incident.

"I had no involvement. None whatsoever," he said.

Police said he is not considered a suspect and has been cooperating with the investigation.

Mayweather, a six-time world champion in multiple weight classes, retired in 2008. He quickly unretired and has a Sept. 19 bout scheduled with Juan Manuel Marquez.

He has had various types of involvement with the law. A year ago, about $7 million in jewelry was stolen from his Summerlin home, believed to be one of the most lucrative burglaries in Las Vegas history.

In 2002, he pleaded guilty to two charges of domestic violence and received a suspended six-month sentence. In exchange for the plea, a battery with deadly weapon charge was dismissed. He had been charged with hitting a man over the head with a champagne bottle during a 2001 party on the Strip.

In 2003, he faced a felony domestic violence charge involving the mother of three of his children.

A jury acquitted him after the woman recanted her original story that Mayweather hit her.

In 2004, a Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis convicted him on two counts of misdemeanor battery after two women claimed he punched them outside a nightclub.

Mayweather denied ever seeing the women, but Lippis didn't buy it.

"You know, Mr. Mayweather, I have seen some incredible stories in my life on this bench," Lippis said. "When you testified here, I was pretty shocked at some of the things you said."

She sentenced him to one year in jail but suspended the sentence. He was ordered to undergo counseling and either pay a $1,000 fine or serve 100 hours of community service.

Lippis said the boxer had to learn impulse control.

"You are this terribly famous figure, but that doesn't make you God," she said.

Review-Journal reporter Francis McCabe contributed to this report. Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440.

 

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