Floyd Mayweather won inside the ring last night, but the real winner may actually become Marion “Suge” Knight. According to the Los Angeles Times, the currently-incarcerated hip-hop mogul may have his $10 million bail paid by “Money” Mayweather.
Knight is in prison after being charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly hitting two men with his truck in Compton, CA. One of the men hit died shortly after. Suge Knight has pled not guilty but was slapped with a huge bond lessening the odds that he would be released.
Knight’s attorney, Matthew Fletcher, spoke of an arrangement between his client and Mayweather. The agreement was that if Mayweather defeats Manny Pacquiao he will pay the bond of his pal, Suge Knight.
The initial bail for Knight was set for a staggering $25 million. It was reduced to $10 million by Judge Ronald Coen earlier last month. Another attempt to lessen the amount was rebuffed last week.
His high bail is a result to his celebrity and his past transgressions, including a robbery that he was already on bail for.
The incident for which he is being charged began with an argument on the set for the movie Straight Outta Compton. Some words were exchanged between Knight and the two men, Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan. Video shows a truck with Knight inside. The vehicle backs up, knocking down Sloan. What takes place afterwards is unseen and unclear. There was enough mounting evidence to charge Suge Knight with murder and attempted murder charges.
This is not the first time Knight has been incarcerated. He was sentenced to nine years in prison in February, 1997, for various charges and probation violations. Other arrests include a 2003 parole violation, drug charges in 2008, and the aforementioned robbery that took place in 2009.
He faces a life sentence if he is convicted of the charges that he is in jail for currently.
The health of Suge Knight is beginning to fail him. He collapsed during the recent court hearing which set his bail, hitting his head on a chair in the process.
Despite the tumultuous time Knight has experienced, help could be on the way. If Mayweather keeps his word, the hip-hop mogul will be out and in the position to receive better care for his health.
There is a TMZ report that refutes the claim by Knight’s attorney. I guess we will have to wait a few days before we find out how generous Floyd Mayweather will be.
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