I admit it, I laughed. Sue me.
Adrien Broner cracked me up with his goofy, but profane and yes, perhaps insensitive crack following his win last Saturday over Carlos Molina in Las Vegas.
His “Can Man” schtick has been around awhile, but never been delivered in a milieu quite like the one we're in now, hot on the heels of the Donald Sterling takedown. I Tweeted that I wouldn't have been offeneded if he'd beaten an Irish boxer, and subbed in “Irish-Can-Man” after getting the W…but if there's one thing we do well in this nation, at this time, is get our panties in a twist, get heated, get offended, and get righteous. The WBC rose to the occasion, and sent out this release on Wednesday, smacking down Broner for his insensitivity. Here is the release:
WBC Suspends and Demands A Public Apology From Adrien Broner
Adrien Broner, the former WBC lightweight champion, has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight vs Carlos Molina.
The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion making racially offensive statements. Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways, the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be despective and offensive.
Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC sanctioned Championship and will be excluded from the WBC Ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world.
Boxing is a great sport, it is a world sport and boxers are honorable and exemplary members of the community. FairPlay and human equality must always be upheld.
I reached out to WBC prez Mauricio Sulaiman, and asked how the WBC reached this decision to slap Broners' wrists. He replied: “Several years ago, Chris Arreola expressed horrible remarks on a fight aired, I believe, by HBO. The WBC suspended Arreola. This Saturday he will fight for the WBC title. The Broner statement hurt many people; we have received countless emails and messages and there is an outrage for his continous public actions,” he continued, referencing the fact that Broner has repeatedly gaffed in public. “This time it was on live TV, on a card which reached millions and made the sport of boxing suffer from a terrible image .The WBC board of governors decided unanimously. The WBC has a code of ethics and we have acted accordingly, respecting the WBC Rules and Regulations.”
So there you go. I think, myself, if we transferred some of our outrage for these sort of situations, and instead focused our attention on more substantial matters, stuff that affects more than our feelings, but rather our wallets and bodies and vocations, most of us would be better off.