During a recent interview with Tha Boxing Voice, Floyd Mayweather randomly decided that he wanted to talk about All Lives Matter. He was asked a question about why other boxers aren’t selling out fights like he used to, and rather than answering that question, he took the interview in a completely different direction. "I’m here to say all lives matter," he said. "You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say, 'Black Lives Matter,' or, 'Blue Lives Matter,' all lives matter."
Mayweather also criticized Colin Kaepernick for his national anthem protest during the same interview. "Kaepernick needs to try and get the starting job," he said. "Stand up, and get the starting job. That’s what he needs to focus on."
For the record, Kaepernick has taken over the starting job for the 49ers at this point, but Mayweather still seems to be standing pat when it comes to his All Lives Matter stance. And on Wednesday night, T.I. called him out for it on Instagram. T.I. and Mayweather have a history stemming from an altercation that took place back in 2014, but the rapper was quick to point out that he did not put up an IG post about Mayweather because of that. Rather, he believes Mayweather is being "socially irresponsible" by going public with his thoughts on All Lives Matter.
Here’s his full caption:
Yo, @floydmayweather all our past personal differences & opinions of each other aside.... This is socially irresponsible,inconsiderate,& insensitive. It mirrors delusional oblivion in a way only brainwashing tactics can achieve. This completely undermines & discredits the movements that fight for the plights of our people. You're a leader whether you know it or not. Don't get so lost in personal possession or individual achievement that you lose sight of the things that are larger than all of us. Freedom, equality, justice, human rights,qualities of life that have been withheld (or given out sparingly) from our people for generations (400 yrs approximately). A true champion is a man of the people. A true champion makes sacrifices for the people & takes a stand against injustices for those who may not be strong enough or able to do so. A true champion is great inside as well as out. There's a difference in "Greatness" & being "Great" at something. "Greatness" isn't a measure of your abilities & accomplishments, "Greatness" is a measure of your morals,integrity & principles throughout life. Oppression knows no neutral ground. Either you're the oppressed,or you're the oppressor. What side would you like to believe you're on? While some will try to make this more critical than I hope for it to seem...it must be said. The world is watching. I have an obligation to myself & those who follow me to address this. Just know I ain't looking to clown you,I'm just trying to enlighten you,hoping that with better insight you can use your powers for good. Respectfully...-King #USorELSE
Mayweather hasn’t responded to T.I.’s criticism yet, but let’s hope he takes the time to consider what T.I. said rather than just jumping to conclusions and firing back at him. There’s a good discussion to be had here between these two former adversaries.