Adrien Broner reportedly missed his own trial and was slapped with a 30-day prison sentence in a county jail. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman found the boxer in contempt of court.
The former four-weight world champion was scheduled for his trial on Tuesday morning facing charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. This stemmed from a January 21 incident outside Madison Bowl. Adrien Broner, though, posted bail and was free since being charged. This is according to Kevin Grasha of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The incident, according to court documents, involved Broner and a West Chester man having a betting dispute over $14,000. Broner pointed a gun at him and then knocked him unconscious. This led to the lawsuit.
Broner was scheduled for his trial in the morning but he did not show up. This led Ruehlman to issue a warrant for his arrest. Broner though eventually showed up around noon but this did not make Ruelman withdraw his decision.
In the transcript of the hearing, Ruehlman told Broner that he did not look well and he looked like he had a hangover. Broner responded to the judge saying that he was sick all morning and when he got well he called his lawyer. He also told Ruehlman that he did not drink (alcohol) and that somebody may have put something in his drink the night before. The judge did not find this a good excuse and said ?To coin a little boxing phrase–you are not ducking this one.?
Broner?s lawyer, Will Welsh, spoke with The Enquirer saying that Broner respects the judge?s decision.
Today will be the DAY I change everything about my lifestyle at this point of my life #AboutBillions
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) July 18, 2016
Ruehlman revealed to Broner that he might have dismissed the case if Broner had come on time. The alleged victim was also absent for the trial as he had been in all previous hearings. ?
In Adrien Broner?s professional life, it seemed that he was going to have the biggest fight of his career. It would have been a financial success as he was in negotiations to fight Manny Pacquiao. This also had boxing fans quite excited. The deal fell out though, according to Bob Arum (Pacquiao?s promoter), because Adrien Broner was asking too much. In a report by Boxing Scene, Al Haymon (Broner?s promoter) wanted to make the fight but Broner?s demand did not make sense to Arum from a financial standpoint.