Floyd Mayweather ‘Arrested For Attempted Murder And Kidnapping’ is a Hoax; Las Vegas Police Reportedly Dispute Beating Allegations
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not “arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping”–thats a rumor spread by a hoax news site. Over the weekend, the New York Daily News reported that Las Vegas police are saying that TMZ report that said two men accused Mayweather organized the beating of two former employees.
The report of Mayweather being arrested was published on satire site Huzlers.com, which mostly posts fake news stories. “Huzlers was informed that early March 13th Floyd Mayweather was arrested from his home and is being charged for attempted murder and kidnapping,” it reads, which is false.
Huzlers’ disclaimer reads: “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.”
The rest of the Huzlers report on Mayweather was simply copied from TMZ.com, which did the original report on two former employees accusing Mayweather of organizing a beating, leading to broken bones.
But the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said the TMZ report is simply a “rumor,” a police spokesperson told the NY Daily News over the weekend.
Laura Meltzer, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas police, said that no victim has filed a criminal report in the alleged beating reported by TMZ.
“So I’ve been trying to put this rumor to rest all week,” she told the Daily News in an interview. “We’ve had a variety of reports that have come out stating this event occurred. We have not had a victim come forward and make a report like what is being alleged. So if this event occurred, it’s something where the victim has not come forward to the police to make an official complaint.”
Police have not launched an investigation into the alleged beating.
“As of right now, the bureau commander over there is not aware of any complaint that has been officially filed,” Meltzer said. “So again, if this is a victim who is choosing not to come forward and make a report – then that’s up to the victim to do. We don’t have any say in that. There is no criminal complaint on file so there is no reason to go and contact Mr. Mayweather.”
No attorney has contacted the police, and a third-party–which includes lawyers–cannot bring about criminal charges.
“Our sources say the attack was so brutal the men could have easily died,” the TMZ report stated. “Both men had broken arms and legs and were hospitalized for several days.”
Mayweather has not publicly responded to the allegations, as he is busy training for knockout artist Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3.