He’s popular, famous, the world’s highest paid athlete – and pro-life? Cue the media backlash.
American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather just announced on Facebook that he split with fiancée Shantel Jackson because she “killed our twin babies” via abortion. In reaction to his May 1 post, feminist site Jezebel called him “bats**t insane” via columnist Erin Gloria Ryan. She bashed, “Oh my f*****g god what is wrong with you Floyd?” When the couple broke-up earlier this year, entertainment rumors alleged Mayweather cheated on Jackson.
Mayweather’s (now deleted) Facebook post attached to a sonogram read:
The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I'm totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.#ShantelJackson#FloydMayweather#TheMoneyTeam#TMT
But Ryan didn’t believe any of it – not that she has a bias or anything. She argued the sonogram “doesn't prove shit” aka “how the pregnancy ended, or that the children were even his.” Although, in Ryan’s opinion, “It does prove that if she did have an abortion, she likely dodged a bullet.” Ryan referenced a domestic violence incident involving Mayweather and the mother of three of his children that sent him to jail in 2012, as well as other charges in years past.
Mayweather, she wrote, is a “terrible person, and terrible people make terrible fathers.” Which of course justifies the violence of abortion.
Ryan thrives on attention from pushing the extreme, writing previous pieces for Jezebel such as “What's the Best Age to Have an Abortion?” and attacking actress Kirsten Dunst for supporting traditional femininity.
Mayweather also made headlines recently after expressing interest in buying the Los Angeles Clippers after the Donald Sterling scandal. That now seems like a “bad idea,” according to Comcast sports site SB Nation.
— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.