The media has had a wonderful time writing and creating stories about Floyd Mayweather Jr. They have even have gone so far as to call his a racist and a coward. Now the call him a woman beater before his case could even be brought before a courtroom. When the media knew about the abuse Ray Leonard was doing to his wife Junita, fighters supported and believed Ray lies to the public. Media still got behind Ray as it's poster child.
Even when the LA Times released the full interview from court documents. The media still supported Ray... but why? I know this answer but i don't want to lead you into follow my words but any how here is the court interview with Ray Leonard from the LA Times.
The court documents also show that Leonard did not deny using drugs during his marriage and that he confirmed Juanita Leonard's assertion that he abused her physically because of alcohol and drug abuse.
Leonard did not, however, name cocaine as a drug he used. But in one question/answer session he admitted to drug and alcohol use, and partially attributed physical abuse of his wife to his alcohol use.
Question (by an attorney to Leonard, under oath): Did you ever strike your wife at any time during the marriage with any part of your body? I don't mean your fists necessarily--a shove, or a grab, or pushing?
Q: What incidents do you recall where there was some altercation between you and her? And describe what they were.
A: We've had a few scuffles, and pushing and shoving.
Q: Did you ever hit her on the head, strike her where the ring on your finger caused a cut?
Q: Did you ever strike her during those scuffles?
Q: Would you say you've struck her more times than she has struck you?
Q: Did you ever strike her after you had been drinking?
A: Yes. Those were the only times.
Q: Would you admit you came home sometimes after you had done some drugs?
Q: And did that cause some altercations and problems between you and your wife, the fact that you drank or did some drugs?
Q: What do you believe caused the altercations?
A: There was a period in my life when my career had ended temporarily and I was going through a state of limbo, and I wasn't particularly happy with my marital situation.
Leonard's attorney and manager, Washington attorney Mike Trainer, said Leonard was unavailable for comment Friday.
When advised of the contents of this story, Trainer said: "If you are writing that during the promotional period for that fight (against Thomas Hearns in June of 1989) that he (Leonard) was using drugs, that is totally inaccurate."
On Friday, when advised of this story, Hearns said if Juanita Leonard's charges were true, Leonard "owes the public an apology."
"If this is true, then I'm embarrassed that we did it (the public service announcements) together," he said.