Player Denies Vegas Run-In Led to Mugging

NFL's Walker says thugs, not boxer's associates, to blame
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 5:40 PM CDT
Floyd Mayweather Jr., sits on the stool in his corner during a WBC welterweight boxing title fight against Ricky Hatton, of Great Britain, at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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(Newser) – Disputing reports he was mugged after a Las Vegas run-in with boxer Floyd Mayweather, Javon Walker tells's Nik Richie (who claims the NFL wide receiver is a "very close friend") that three armed men entered his hotel room early Monday, knocked him out and took his valuables. Walker, recently signed by Oakland, was released from hospital today after suffering facial injuries.

Walker was photographed spraying a nightclub crowd with champagne hours before the incident;'s report has raised eyebrows among bloggers, with pointing out that Sin City's multiple security cameras might "blow his story out of the water." Meanwhile, his agent tells AP, "Javon looks forward to getting back to his family and teammates."