by Bryanna Fissori
With the impending jury trial just weeks away, a case filed in 2011 against Floyd Mayweather Jr., was voluntarily dismissed in the absence of either party appearing at the hearing scheduled for last week.
The case involved an August 2009 shooting outside a Las Vegas skating rink. The original complaint accused Mayweather, Jackie Ray Jones and Ocie Harris of conspiracy and assault against Mayweather’s former employee Quincey Williams and Damian Bland.
The report on the incident states that after leaving the skating rink around 10p.m. Harris shot at the BMW that Williams and Bland were in hitting it six times. No one was injured in the incident.
Harris plead guilty to the charges in April 2012 and is serving 5-7 years in a correctional center. Williams claimed that prior to the shooting while at the skating rink, Mayweather threatened his life. This is not the first case in which Mayweather has been accused of giving his bodyguards instructions leading to assault.
In January of 2010 a bouncer Dai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas asked to see identification before allowing Mayweather and his entourage to enter the club. He was then choked by one of Mayweather’s bodyguards.
Later that year, a fan outside of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas asked to take a photo with Mayweather. According to reports Mayweather considered the man disrespectful and ordered him beaten by his security. He was allegedly hit in the face, slammed to the ground and kicked repeatedly. The Palms was also named in the suit for not providing adequate security on the premises.
The dispute causing the bad blood between Mayweather and Williams was supposedly over a text in which Williams stated that he hoped Mayweather would lose his September 2009 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Williams had previously stated that he believed Harris, who was serving as a bodyguard for Mayweather was ordered to shoot by boxer and that Harris had no other motive but for the direction of Mayweather.
Though there is no official indication of an agreement in the Clark County Court documents where the case was filed, a motion for voluntary dismissal was entered with stipulation to dismiss Mayweather (along with Pretty Boy Enterprises and Mayweather Promotions L.L.C.) from the case with prejudice. That was in October of 2012.
With the dismissal of the case, the only thing remaining for Mayweather to do is pay attorneys fees and move on to the next legal battle.
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