Floyd Mayweather just doubled down on his long history of homophobic actions. While in Chechnya looking for business opportunities, he declared Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov his friend, teammate and ally.
Kadyrov has repeatedly said gay people don’t exist in his country, and if they do they must leave. He has also been accused of torturing and murdering them, something no rational person would disbelieve.
“This is my buddy,” Mayweather said in a video while encouraging people to follow the vitriolic homophobe on social media. “This is my guy right here. And yes, he is a part of The Money Team.”
Now he embraces a man who at the very least has told all gay people to get out of his country, and at the worst has (allegedly) encouraged the torture and murder of gay men in an orchestrated attempt to purge his country of homosexuality.
Maxim Lapunov is the first person to go public with torture allegations without hiding his identity. At a press conference in Moscow on Monday, he said he was held in a basement for 12 days in March and beaten by Chechen security forces, who demanded to know whether he was gay and for him to give the names of his sexual partners.
Mayweather has previously said he supports the right of gay people to marry.
“I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage,” he tweeted in 2012. “I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want.”
Even if they are a fag.
Regardless, Mayweather’s partnership with this man is an endorsement of his brutality, pure and simple. And nobody is surprised.