Floyd Mayweather Denied Visa Because of Domestic ViolenceLatest
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.—seen last year posting his ex’s sonograms and accusing her of “killing babies”—has been denied entry into Australia due to his many domestic violence and assault convictions. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Mayweather was set to visit Australia for the first time to do a series of promotional events in Melbourne and Sydney. He also—as helpfully laid out by our brothers over at Deadspin—has an almost unbelievably shitty track record where women are concerned, with at least seven physical assaults on five women that resulted in him getting arrested or cited, and several more where the police were called but no charges were ultimately filed.
Because of that record, Mayweather’s visa was delayed and then denied outright by the Department of Immigration. An assistant minister for the department told the Sydney Morning Herald, “The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern.” Australia’s immigration department reserves the right to deny visas to people with both “substantial criminal records” and on the grounds of a more vague “character requirement.”
As the Morning Herald points out, that policy isn’t consistently applied: Snoop Dogg and Mike Tyson were both able to get visas despite, respectively, drug and rape convictions. But choke-happy pickup artist Julien Blanc (who we vowed to ignore forever on this site, and who I’ll go back to ignoring in just a sec) had his visa revoked in November and was forced to leave the country after widespread protests against his assholeish, assaultive, rapey seminars.
Mayweather hasn’t yet responded to the visa denial, instead Vineing a photo of himself in the Caribbean getting a fish pedicure. Looks like he’s got all kinds of time for pedicures now.
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