The cat is definitely out of the
punching bag now. Floyd “Money” Mayweather has his first fight since going into the joint this Saturday and he’s been doing lots of press preparing for it — maybe too much, because in his Showtime documentary “30 Days Of May” he went a little too hard in denying beating up his ex Josie Harris — so she felt she had no choice other than to open up and give her side.
Peep some excerpts below via Yahoo! Sports:
“Did he beat me to a pulp?” said Josie Harris, sitting in her living room in a development in Valencia. “No, but I had bruises on my body and contusions and [a] concussion because the hits were to the back of my head. I believe it was planned to do that … because the bruises don’t show …”
Her voice trails off as she produces a doctor’s report describing the injuries following her visit to Southern Hills Hospital in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
Throughout the documentary, Mayweather called the charges “over-exaggerated” and “trumped up,” while his team of handlers insisted there was no violence and no physical harm inflicted.
“This judicial system is really messed up,” said Mayweather’s current partner, Shantel “Miss” Jackson, in the documentary. “How can someone who really didn’t do anything have to suffer a consequence for something of this magnitude? It really does anger me, because how can a lie get so far?”
The doctor’s report tells a different story, of bruising and contusions.
So does Harris’ next document, a handwritten statement then 11-year-old Koraun Mayweather gave to police. It was Koraun who, according to his written statement to police, ran for help when he “saw my Dad hit[t]ing” and “kicking my Mom.”
Yahoo! Sports reviewed copies of the doctor’s report and Koraun’s written statements to police. Harris declined to make the copies public. According to her representative, she did not want to distract Mayweather so close to a fight.
We’re torn here. Clearly Josie Harris was hurt, both physically and emotionally — but how can she possibly be serious about not wanting to distract Mayweather when she’s already granted a pretty distracting interview?
Hit the flip to peep the police report
Hit the flip for Josie’s account about how it all went down and what made Floyd lose his mind.
So… according to this interview the abuse Josie Harris allegedly suffered definitely had something to do with her getting some baller loving from someone other than Floyd:
The altercation happened when Mayweather returned to Harris’ property at 5 a.m. on September 9. Police had already been summoned following a verbal dispute hours earlier, but Mayweather came back. Harris says she was asleep on the living room couch when she woke up to Mayweather, holding her cell phone, yelling at her about text messages from NBA guard C.J. Watson.
Mayweather and Harris were no longer together; the boxer had by then installed Jackson in his home and as his main love interest. But, according to Harris, it was not acceptable to Mayweather for her to see other men while living in a house he owned.
“Are you having sex with C.J.?” Mayweather yelled at Harris, according to the arrest report.
“Yes, that is who I am seeing now,” she replied.
Mayweather then grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the back of the head “with a closed fist several times,” according to the report. He then pulled her off the couch by her hair and twisted her left arm.
“All I heard is, ‘Who is C.J. Watson, C.J. Watson the basketball player?’ ” Harris says. “From there it was just … bad. I was powerless. He was holding me down. I couldn’t fight back. The kids were screaming and crying, ‘You’re hurting my Mom.’ ”
At one point, Mayweather yelled, “I’m going to kill you and the man you are messing around with,” Harris told police. “I’m going to have you both disappear.”
According to the arrest report, when Harris screamed for her children to call for help, Mayweather turned to them and warned he would “beat their ass if they left the house and called police.”
Mayweather’s friend James “P-Reala” McNair accompanied the fighter to Harris’ house that night. Koraun told police McNair blocked a stairway, so he ran out a door in the back of the house to get help and alerted the complex’s security patrol.
If he hadn’t, Harris believes the incident may have ended tragically.
“There is no telling,” she says, taking a deep breath and clasping her hands together. “In the heat of the moment you are upset and enraged and you pick up a lamp …
“He could have hit me in the head in the wrong place. … I could have died. He would’ve been on murder charges. I could’ve grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him – anything.”
She is absolutely right that she could have been killed. That’s why it’s frightening that she still seems completely wrapped up in Mayweather.
Perhaps the most surprising part is that the relationship between Harris and Mayweather has been rebuilt. While she could barely look at him during custody hearings in the following months and he bristled with blame ahead of his jail time, they have re-established a level of closeness, including, Harris says, one intimate encounter since his release.
On the evening of this interview, Mayweather’s private jet collected Harris and the children at Burbank Airport and flew them to Vegas for a Rihanna concert at the Mandalay Bay.
To Harris, who has nearly completed a book about her 12-year relationship with Mayweather, it remains a love story, albeit a dysfunctional one torn apart when the boxer’s gravitation toward celebrity culture became an occasional habit that morphed into a permanent lifestyle.
While too much has passed for her and Mayweather to ever live together again, she says they still love each other, that he is a “doting father” and that the children return happy following every visit with him.
“[I’m sure] he feels what he did was wrong, but he still hasn’t apologized,” Harris said. “I don’t know if he thinks I deserved it, [and] if he doesn’t need to apologize to the kids because he is the father.”
Harris hasn’t seen “30 Days in May”, but has heard plenty about it, her phone blowing up with texts and calls within moments of the first screening. As we chat, she enjoys hearing of a bizarre scene filmed immediately before Mayweather was driven to jail, where he held out a wad of cash and Jackson grasped it a little too eagerly, and Mayweather’s parting final words were orders of where to store his Benz rather than any declaration of love.
Harris is more amused to hear of footage of his Atlanta hotel after-party with a bevy of naked strippers than the general theme of the documentary that sought to minimize his apparent guilt.
“The story they are not telling is they are saying this in front of the kids that he did it in front of,” Harris said. “You are calling your son a liar. You are calling your daughter a liar. You are calling your eldest son a liar.”
We realize this interview is long as fawk but there is actually more to it — including Josie detailing Floyd’s dangerous gambling addiction… You can read the rest HERE
The good news is that Josie Harris says she and her children have all been in therapy since Floyd’s arrest.
What do you think of her interview? Do you think she’s doing the right thing by her kids and herself remaining so invested in him?
It’s interesting how tame this Yahoo interview is though, when she’s done some interviews with urban outlets calling Miss Jackson an escort and detailing how she’d let Floyd hit. SMH.