The Kansas City Star’s Lynn Horsley is reporting that the city of Kansas City, Missouri, is demanding that world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather return the $15,000 the city paid him to come to an event and counsel young people.
Mayweather never showed up for the scheduled Dec. 8 event, but still cashed the check from the city.
The entire mess, was first revealed by blogger Tony Botello on tonyskansascity.com in November.
Botello reported that inner city councilman Michael Brooks had requested the money. It was promptly given to Mayweather to come and talk to kids. Very few questions about Mayweather’s reputation were asked ahead of time.
When it was revealed the boxer had served time in jail for domestic violence earlier this year it seemed a bit silly to have him serve as a role model to children. At that point city officials began questioning how the funds were so quickly approved.
According to KSHB’s award-winning investigative reporter Ryan Kath, Mayweather’s handlers have a different take on the story.
“Mayweather’s people say they NEVER were contacted about the event, agreed to the event, or were paid for the event.” Kath is reporting, while also giving Botello credit for the initial story. “I get the feeling there are still some interesting details that will surface…”