Michelle Beadle Shares Her Thoughts on Getting Banned from Mayweather-Pacquiao
As you may have heard, last week Floyd Mayweather revoked press credentials for CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle ahead of his big fight against Manny Pacquiao. And while no one actually came out and admitted it—The Money Team in fact denied that it happened at all, saying it was just some sort of misunderstanding—it surely was no coincidence that Nichols and Beadle are both vocal critics of Mayweather’s extensive and well-documented history of domestic violence.
A lot of people expressed support for and outrage on the behalf of Nichols and Beadle. However, there are still plenty of people who don’t mind the fact that Floyd Mayweather is an abusive piece of sh*t, and some of these people chimed in to defend their favorite boxer and question whether Nichols and Beadle were telling the truth.
Well, yesterday Beadle responded to some of these critics and shared her broader thoughts on the issue in a lengthy blog post. You can read the entire post for yourself right here. However, if you’re in a hurry, here are some of its greatest hits:
Last summer, while hosting the ESPYs Red Carpet, I made the mistake of saying to Mayweather, ‘I like the way you live your life.’ Many people on Twitter called me out, and they were right. I did the research. I learned of the accusations. The convictions. The abuse committed in front of his own children. And the way the judicial system made a mockery of those women, putting the Las Vegas Money Tree ahead of doing the right thing. I immediately apologized and vowed I’d never support that man and his lifestyle. How could I? A man who views women as possessions, things to be controlled. I have to believe that my outspoken stance had something to do with my credential being pulled for the fight.
Beadle also called out the WWE and its Vice President, Triple H, for his hypocritical support of Mayweather despite the organization’s zero tolerance policy on domestic violence:
[J]ust last year, Stephanie McMahon strengthened the company’s domestic violence policies: “We have a zero tolerance policy for domestic abuse. Upon arrest for such misconduct, our superstars are immediately suspended and should there be a conviction, that superstar or diva would be terminated.”… Imagine my confusion when, during the maelstrom of the weekend, I noticed a few tweets that may have, at any other time, gone unnoticed. Tweets that caused me to question my support of the WWE and the man who sits near the top of the company’s food chain…Triple H has continued to display his relationship with Floyd Mayweather through social media, the most recent being a hearty congratulations to the boxer following his victory Saturday night…I realize he doesn’t speak for everyone, but does he realize that when he shows support to a convicted batterer, friend or not, it can effectively damage so much goodwill that the company is admittedly doing?
Strong words. Can’t say I disagree.
Hat Tip – [@MichelleBeadle]