In an exclusive interview with USA Today Sports, Josie Harris, an ex-girlfriend to boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mother to three of his four children, spoke candidly about life with the undefeated boxer.
“I was a battered woman,” Harris said. “I felt embarrassed about saying I was a battered woman. I felt shame. I felt like it was my fault. What did I do? I didn’t understand what a battered woman was at that time. Now I know I was in a very dysfunctional, hostile relationship and a victim of domestic violence.”
Harris says she was physically abused by Mayweather on six separate occasions, the worst in September 2010 when Mayweather entered Harris’ home while she slept, dragged her from her hair out of the bed, punched, kicked and screamed at her. It was their son who snuck out of his room to inform security to call police. As a result, Mayweather spent 90 days in jail.
The 47-0 boxer has been accused several times by multiple women of physical abuse, the latest from his ex fiance Shantel Jackson who filed a lawsuit against him including claims of battery. While Harris has had time to reflect upon her relationship with the boxer, she now looks at it from a new set of eyes.
“With time comes wisdom,” she wrote in a text message following the interview. “I hope his lessons aren’t too harsh as he does have a good heart.”
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