OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Floyd Mayweather’s spotless record in the ring apparently hasn’t done much to endear him to Bay Area fans.
Mayweather, who attended the Warriors’ Game 5 victory over Memphis in the Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena with some friends, was nearly booed out of the building when he appeared on the big screen during the second half.
Initially, fans were calling on the world’s highest paid athlete to join the crowd and put on the yellow shirt the team left on the seat of each fan at the game. When he either ignored or did not understand what fans wanted, the boos got louder. Here’s just a small piece of the awkward moment that left the boxing champ laughing at the hate:
At some point during the game an alleged associate of Mayweather got into an altercation with a woman in the stands, according to TMZ, which reported that the man was set off when a woman hit him with one of the giveaway “thunder sticks” that fans wave during the game. Oakland police indicate that an incident occurred at 9:45 p.m., but said they could not confirm any connection to Mayweather.
People who said they were sitting nearby report that the man was part of Mayweather’s entourage.
Warriors fan Sarah Coffey felt the incident reflected poorly on Mayweather.
“His connection to his entourage is big for him. The Money Team and all of that. So I think it does reflect very badly on him,” Coffey said.
Other social media posts suggest a “drunk couple” instigated the incident before “the kid punches her in the face and knocks her down. Then they both are kicked out.”
The Oakland Police Department told KPIX 5 that the incident was “mutual combat battery between a man and a woman” which resulted in neither side wanting to press charges.
“Nobody was arrested and no injuries were sustained,” said Johnna Watson of OPD.
No comment yet from the Warriors or the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies provide some of the security at Warriors games.