A dubious use of KC's tax money
The Kansas City Star
Common sense and a Google search could have saved Kansas City taxpayers from getting beaten up financially by Floyd Mayweather.
The unbeaten boxer makes a good living by pummeling people in the ring. But Mayweather also was jailed for two months this year for assaulting the mother of some of his children in front of them in 2010. And he has been convicted, fined or arrested in at least four other cases involving assault, battery or fighting since 2002.
In short, Mayweather isn’t a good role model for young people. Kansas City taxpayers shouldn’t have been put on the hook for spending $15,000 to bring him here for an event to inspire youth.
That was the shortsighted (and now-cancelled) plan promoted by City Council member Michael Brooks and ill-advisedly endorsed by City Manager Troy Schulte, who said he was unaware of Mayweather’s checkered past. Hello, Google.
The pitiful part of this story is two-fold.
First, that such a small amount of money has created such a large amount of bad publicity for City Hall, which to critics once more appears to be cavalierly throwing around public dollars.
And second, that Mayor Sly James, Brooks, Schulte and the City Council didn’t have better rules in place to prevent such a dubious use of tax revenue.