Adrien Broner is in more legal trouble. The 26-year-old four-weight titlist was today given a 30 day jail term for contempt of court after he turned up three hours late to face charges over his assault case of January. Broner, according to reports, was either drunk or hungover. The judge had no sympathy for him and ordered how the former champ be detained for a month before finally standing trial for the charges relating to the incident that took place outside a bowling alley in January.
Broner, once looked at as a major talent who had the potential to be great, really has become a love-to-hate figure. Broner was dazzling down at 130 and 135-pounds, winning major belts there, before moving up to 140 and 147 where he was beaten by Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter respectively. Now, with this latest stint in jail, along with a potential return to jail when he faces charges for the January incident, Broner’s career appears to be in tatters. And the sad thing is, not too many people will really care all that much.
It’s okay to be arrogant and to use trash-talk – as long as you can back it up. Broner, who has come across as genuinely nasty at times (to be fair, those that know him say he can also be a great guy when the cameras are not pointed at him) is possibly the most unpopular big-name fighter on the scene today and there were celebrations when he was exposed and beaten by Maidana and then Porter.
Broner has reached out to those fans of his he still has, asking them via his Twitter page to write to him while he is incarcerated. Last boxing in April of this year, when he came in overweight and lost his WBA super-lightweight title on the scale before his 9th-round stoppage victory over Britain‘s Ashley Theophane, Broner showed flashes of the class that got so many people genuinely excited about him back in 2012/13. A mere four years later and all that early promise seems so long ago now. What a waste.