Broner and Theophane Apparently On For Friday

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One of the big news items in boxing this past week came outside of the ring, as the story broke that WBA Super World Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner had a felony warrant out for his arrest in his home state of Ohio. This seemingly jeopardized Broner's scheduled title defense against Ashley Theophane at the DC Armory in Washington this Friday, April 1st.

The main events of the 10 fight card promoted by Leonard Ellerbe and the Premier Boxing Champions are set to air on Spike TV. 

Read “Broner-Theophane: April Fools Day in Washington DC” also at The Sweet Science by Thomas Hauser.

The latest word is that Cincinnati authorities have decided to pursue the charges against Broner after this weekend's fight. Yahoo Sports quotes a source in the Cincinnati police department saying that “Broner is not actively being pursued outside of the Ohio area” and “the warrants are active and the bond is currently set at $100,000.”

Behind, the scenes, the Theophane camp has continued their fight week routine as if nothing has happened. They are being told by the powers that be that the fight is going to happen.

The incident, where Broner allegedly beat up and robbed $12,000 from a man, occurred on January 21 outside a bowling alley. The plaintiff, identified as Christopher Carson, is also reported to have filed a civil case against Broner. He claims he was punched in the face, threatened with a gun and knocked out by Broner, who then took the money from his pockets. That he knew Broner for two years prior and “maintained a friendly relationship” has also been established. For his part, neither Broner nor his camp has made any official statements regarding the incident. Not a peep.

Promoter Leonard Ellerbe, The Money Team, Floyd Mayweather and the folks at the Premier Boxing Champions have also been silent. Through the silence, what you can almost hear is the sound of everyone “lawyering up”.

Are the Cincinnati Police boxing fans? Are they dealing with a public figure who could hurt them in the community if they look bad? Because he is fighting on TV, are they not worried about Broner being a flight risk? It is not clear why the Cincinnati authorities are not pursuing a felon the way they normally would; instead they put it off for ten days.

So boxing fans, this Friday night, you get to enjoy the fights and then next week, you can have the rest of the drama served up by “The Problem”.

Check out The Boxing Channel's review of the show featuring former WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Montell Griffin, who attended the fights live.

 

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-Radam G :

[br] title="The Sweet Science - Boxing News"[/br][br][/br] One of the big news items in boxing this weekend came outside of the ring, as the story broke that WBA Super World Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner had a felony warrant out for his arrest in his home state of Ohio. This all came on the eve of Broner’s scheduled title defense against Ashley Theophane at the DC Armory in Washington this Friday, April 1st in a twelve round bout.[br][/br] The main events of the 10 fight card promoted by Leonard Ellerbe and the Premier Boxing Champions are set to air on Spike TV. [br][/br] When news of the charges broke, the fight appeared in jeopardy to some, but several news outlets are reporting that Cincinnati authorities have decided to pursue the charges against Broner after this weekend’s fight. Yahoo Sports quotes a source in the Cincinnati police department "Broner is not actively being pursued outside of the Ohio area" and “The warrants are active and the bond is currently set at $100,000.”[br][/br] Behind, the scenes, the Theophane camp continues their fight week routine as if nothing has happened. They are being told by the powers that be that the fight is going to happen.[br][/br] The incident, where Broner allegedly beat up and robbed $12,000 from the plaintiff in this case, happened on January 21st outside a bowling alley. The plaintiff, named as Christopher Carson, is also reported to have filed a civil case against Broner. He claims he was punched in the face, threatened with a gun and knocked out by Broner, who then took the money from his pockets. That he knew Broner for two years prior and "maintained a friendly relationship" has also been established. For his part, Broner nor his camp has made any official statements regarding the incident. Not a peep.[br][/br] Promoter Leonard Ellerbe, The Money Team, Floyd Mayweather and the folks at the Premier Boxing Champions have also been silent. Throught the silence, what you can almost hear is the sound of everyone "lawyering up".[br][/br] Are the Cincinnati Police boxing fans? Are they dealing with a public figure who could hurt them in the community if they look bad? Because he is fighting on TV, they aren’t worried about Broner being a flight risk? It is not clear why the Cincinnati authorities are not pursuing a felon the way they normally would, instead they put it off for ten days.[br][/br] So boxing fans, this Friday night, you get to enjoy the fights and then next week, you can have the rest of the drama served up by "The Problem".[br][/br] [br][/br]
Heck YUP! The Cincinnati police are fanboys of Broner and work boys of tsAH. No way was this scrap going to be cancelled. And I doubt that there will be criminal charges. TsAH will pay the dude who Broner robbed and KTFO 30-to-50 grands and call it a day. Holla!


-amayseng :

Heck YUP! The Cincinnati police are fanboys of Broner and work boys of tsAH. No way was this scrap going to be cancelled. And I doubt that there will be criminal charges. TsAH will pay the dude who Broner robbed and KTFO 30-to-50 grands and call it a day. Holla!
pulling a gun on someone without intent to use it as self defense is a felony. Broner at the least is going to be paying out 100grand. Broner is getting off easy, if you pull a gun on me like that, better never take the trash out by yourself at night you just may get a baseball bat to the spine following by permanent paralysis Just a matter of time until someone mows Broner down by a car or gun or something, dude gets away with bs because he has a gang with him. he is a coward


-Kid Blast :

He has a litany of erratic behavior including, but not limited to, being interviewed while defecating, stuffing money down a toilet, sticking his tongue where it arguably doesn’t belong, engaging in a three-way porn film, getting a DUI, telling Mayweather Junior to “F—k Off “is a video, and now this latest alleged attack. When the news about a fighter’s legal, personal and domestic problems begin to equal his ring exploits, that’s when things can go downhill rapidly. That’s when someone needs to step in. The best thing he can do now is find someone who can talk reason to him and then disappear (aka get out of the limelight) for about 3 months—because If this continues, it’s not going to end well.


-miguel1 :

I wonder if I ran someone over with a buzz and put them in the hospital with non permanent injuries if they would put off charging me until my house is paid off, because I have a financial investment and it would mess that up. People would lose money, the investment went south, sorry its called a risk. He should be charged and the fight cancelled, just like for anyone else. That is my stance on this. People investing money should be forced to look at the character of those they are investing in. Not assume the system will bend itself to mitigate your risks.


-amayseng :

He has a litany of erratic behavior including, but not limited to, being interviewed while defecating, stuffing money down a toilet, sticking his tongue where it arguably doesn’t belong, engaging in a three-way porn film, getting a DUI, telling Mayweather Junior to “F—k Off “is a video, and now this latest alleged attack. When the news about a fighter’s legal, personal and domestic problems begin to equal his ring exploits, that’s when things can go downhill rapidly. That’s when someone needs to step in. The best thing he can do now is find someone who can talk reason to him and then disappear (aka get out of the limelight) for about 3 months—because If this continues, it’s not going to end well.
Broner is not only an embarrassment to boxing, but the human race.


-Kid Blast :

I know, I know but he is still a human


-amayseng :

I know, I know but he is still a human
He has too many opportunities and people around him to know better. At this point there are no excuses.


-Kid Blast :

Yeah, you are probably right. I just hate to see a train wreck when I know it can be mitigated. I'm thinking of Valero, Taylor, Pavlick and some of those where the warning signs were not picked up as well as they could have been. Maybe this guy needs a short stint in the joint. It sure as hell helped Floyd.


-Radam G :

I wonder if I ran someone over with a buzz and put them in the hospital with non permanent injuries if they would put off charging me until my house is paid off, because I have a financial investment and it would mess that up. People would lose money, the investment went south, sorry its called a risk. He should be charged and the fight cancelled, just like for anyone else. That is my stance on this. People investing money should be forced to look at the character of those they are investing in. Not assume the system will bend itself to mitigate your risks.
Broner is a high-risk unsecured loan that is a wise investment because he always pays up to tsAH. And brings on more fans and business outfits with his cutting up. The television ratings of Broner's scrap this week will go through the root, as his previous free-TV scraps have done. Broner's wackoism and bad-boy bulljive bring the fight fans, sideshow freak watchers and advertising peddlers. And they are spending that moolah. I bet M1's swimming pool and pool tablet that television commercial spots have already sold out like hot cakes for this week's PBC boxing card. Crazy-@$$ Broner is the ultimate prizefighter. With all his bizarre behaviors, he got us keeping our eyes on the PRIZE -- prizefighting. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

He's a kid He's a brat He's spoiled He does dumbshit kids do.. End of story


-stormcentre :

Now with all that said (here) and done (by Broner) . . . . All that remains is for him to start, both, performing in the ring and also winning as a boxer, in the same style as he parties and "plays" (the gangsta). Don't hold your breath folks, something tells me Theopane will not be a walk in the park; even if Broner does have his hand raised at the end of it. :) :)


-Radam G :

He's a kid He's a brat He's spoiled He does dumbshit kids do.. End of story
Hehehe! And the moral is: he will have a tragic end. That is what happens to grown-@$$ men who do grown-@$$ dumbsyet that kids don't really do. Broner lost his money gambling. And could not handle it. So he stole it back. That is angry grown man sh?t. No difference from a nearly 70-year-old O.J. Simpson being convicted for stealing his own sh?t back and ending up getting set up to go to jail for a crime that he didn't commit. No doubt for a crime that he likely committed in Cali. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Here's what I'm saying, everyone is so quick to judge and condemn this young man, but we all have done dumb things in our 20's, but the difference is we didn't have 7 Figure Budgets to fund the Shenanigans.. I think as he gets older his behavior will change, there no blueprint on how to handle money and fame and we have see many cases in sports and entertainment about how kids make my mistakes, I Just hope he gets his act together before he "Self Destructs."


-stormcentre :

I agree with most that you have said there SPF, including the second chance sentiments . . . But . . . . When you're talking about pulling guns on people cause they beat you in bets and gambling . . . Well . . . Even if Broner hadn't previously had his fair share of silly indiscretions, I think it entitles us (at least a bit) to judge. And of not, then to laugh. Still love your posts though SPF. And (as you know) despite how they almost always mostly do . . . They don't have to agree with me. However, on this count (and I am not one to judge too quickly) I think Broner is an idiot. I have never pulled a gun on anyone. Let alone for the reasons he was sad to have done. Dude should have sucked it up like a man. That's my 2 cents worth anyway. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

And this just in: Chris Finney, the attorney for the alleged victim in the civil case stemming from Adrien Broner's bowling alley incident, questions why Broner should be allowed to defend his world title in Washington D.C. this Friday when he has an outstanding arrest warrant. The civil case against Broner was filed on Feb 5., just a couple of weeks after the alleged incident took place. "I think that's a question for the boxing commission: Do they want someone like this representing their industry, their profession? To me it's a significant issue," said Finney "Everybody is entitled to due process but there's a whole ?another issue: Under what circumstances will Mr. Broner's boxing license be suspended or revoked?" Finney asked. "I don't know the answer to that. I don't know boxing at all but I do know that years ago Mike Tyson's (license) got suspended (in Nevada for twice biting Evander Holyfield) for a while so that's what governs whether he's allowed to fight or not. Again, I'm not out to ruin the guy's life or prevent him from boxing or anything else. I just want him to stop slugging people. I want him to compensate my client for his injuries."


-SouthPawFlo :

Do we know that Broner actually brandished the weapon or is the person looking for a Pay Day... I saw Broner in the MGM gambling $1,000 a game on the crap table before so I don't see him getting this upset over 12,000, so I'm not gonna pass my judgement until all the facts come out, unless the guy was "taunting" him about the loss....


-amayseng :

He's a kid He's a brat He's spoiled He does dumbshit kids do.. End of story
He's an adult He's a FATHER He does NOT care and has no moral compass He is a low life. Gtfoh with those excuses you would use for a 7 year old rich brat.


-amayseng :

Here's what I'm saying, everyone is so quick to judge and condemn this young man, but we all have done dumb things in our 20's, but the difference is we didn't have 7 Figure Budgets to fund the Shenanigans.. I think as he gets older his behavior will change, there no blueprint on how to handle money and fame and we have see many cases in sports and entertainment about how kids make my mistakes, I Just hope he gets his act together before he "Self Destructs."
Blueprint? How about dont be a dumbass pos. how about that? I was 20 years old when my son was born. When he was 6 months old his mom bailed, at 10 months I had never seen her again. I dropped out of college, quit playing baseball, worked as I raised him a few years, got back in a prospect league, then went back to college full time while raising him and working. Went for Two degrees. Broner is a pro rich athlete, any trouble he has is of his own dumb doing. The guy punched a grandma out. Now he pulls a gun on a dude for money he lost like a fool bowling. Drop the BS, if he was white I would be embarrassed.


-amayseng :

And this just in: Chris Finney, the attorney for the alleged victim in the civil case stemming from Adrien Broner's bowling alley incident, questions why Broner should be allowed to defend his world title in Washington D.C. this Friday when he has an outstanding arrest warrant. The civil case against Broner was filed on Feb 5., just a couple of weeks after the alleged incident took place. "I think that's a question for the boxing commission: Do they want someone like this representing their industry, their profession? To me it's a significant issue," said Finney "Everybody is entitled to due process but there's a whole ‘another issue: Under what circumstances will Mr. Broner's boxing license be suspended or revoked?" Finney asked. "I don't know the answer to that. I don't know boxing at all but I do know that years ago Mike Tyson's (license) got suspended (in Nevada for twice biting Evander Holyfield) for a while so that's what governs whether he's allowed to fight or not. Again, I'm not out to ruin the guy's life or prevent him from boxing or anything else. I just want him to stop slugging people. I want him to compensate my client for his injuries."
Innocent till proven guilty, he should be able to fight, plus that is money for them in their civil suite


-stormcentre :

Yep, as far as I am concerned (and I always am :) ) there is a mix of answers in the above posts from #16 to #20. I still stand by what I said in post #15; to me it sounds like Broner is a dummy. Personally, I think (if) you (have to) pull a gun on someone (then you) only (do it) when there is no other choice and (only if) your life is threatened. Any other circumstance and if it's not alcohol, drugs, and ego (or all); then you're simply afraid of dealing with the situation without an advantage. Remember, you can always walk away. I've done it a few times and it works.. Then you get to wake up in your own bed, and not the local lockup's whilst waiting to be called up for your assault charges. To Chris Finney's (the lawyer's) comments (post #16) . . . They appear or sound as if they're driven by a process within that is probably not as objective as both it and a lawyer should be. Due process must take place. Which sorta gets back to what SPF recently said in post #17. . . . . even though I think he's stretching it a little there by (playing defence attorney and) assuming Broner didn't brandish a gun. Now, it may be that - especially with all the gangsta witnesses Broner could "produce" - Broner's defence is that he actually "didn't" produce a gun. That line of defence could possibly introduce reasonable doubt, and as such it is certainly not a complete impossibility. Time will tell. Still - even if the arrest warrant for Broner did have interstate jurisdiction and was therefore capable of being enforced in the state of the upcoming fight - I doubt it is reasonable to prevent Broner from earning an income "before" he has his day in court; which means - contrary to what Mr. Finney is saying - preventing Broner from fighting is something that even the sanctions and commissions are probably quite correct in not becoming too involved in at this stage.



Now, I am not that well briefed on all the related boxing sanctions and boxing commission's policies (for boxing participants whom may be charged with a crime) and how they apply to this circumstance . . . but . . . I should imagine that . . . let's just say they did decide to stop Broner from fighting "before" he has his day in court, and then his case finally went to court and (with SPF acting as the defence attorney for Broner :) ) the result was either;


A) A win for Broner.
B) Or that the actual charge itself was downgraded and far less than was originally thought (are you smiling SPF?) . . .

Broner could then turn around and sue the boxing sanctions and boxing commissions for a handsome sum of cash. Very embarrassing - that turn of events would be. Furthermore, as you can imagine, it probably wouldn't go a long way towards doing much to curb any of Broner's juvenile conduct that he may be responsible for, either.



Now, don't for a minute think that this (or similar) stuff doesn't happen. Because it happens in circumstances where boxing sanctions and/or boxing commissions appear to prevent fighters from earning a living and competing for far more noble reasons too. Remember Irish Wayne McCulloch; the "Pocket Rocket"? He fought Naseem Hamed. Also, I think he used to have, or still has, a gym in Vegas. If my memory serves me correctly; either the relevant boxing sanction(s) and/or commission of the day successfully prevented Wayne from fighting due to a brain (or other) scan; and the financial losses associated with that preventative and seemingly humane decision costed Wayne quite a lot. As it all happened he was adamant that there was nothing wrong with him and that all the commotion was really due to nothing other than commission related specialists being overcautious and possibly serving tier 1 promoters interests.

So in turn McCulloch simply turned around and furnished them all with;


A) His own specialists reports that refuted those from the commission.
B) A hefty writ for all losses.

And, at the time the writ was served and when it all went down, I was reliably informed that several of the commission/sanction based signatories - including those whom actually signed the papers that prevented Wayne from fighting - almost instantly felt their bowels turn to water. Writs describing 7, 8, or more, digit losses and demands will often have that affect.


And as an adjunct; and this is just my opinion . . but if Broner felt - that after his unlicensed gambling session - "his" money was not rightfully in "his" possession, then (like Wayne McCulloch did) he should have then sought legal advice and then taken action based on that advice. Rather than, say, pulling a gun and stealing money from another person; as Broner allegedly has done.



So, unless Broner were to be genuinely detained and/or held in custody for the above-mentioned warrant, charges, and matter, I think preventing him from earning a living - solely on the basis of the allegations - would be seen as punitive and damaging action "before" due process has occurred. Which in itself is neither a fair or due process. As such I (and I should imagine Chris Finney, but only once he returns to an an objective mindset and state, also) would not want to be responsible/accountable for that. Not even if Broner were not tied to PBC and Haymon; whom I should imagine would not take too kindly to having their contracts, investment, and income interfered with. Not in the least, as at a rough guess I would say the potential losses associated with such a precipitous and preemptive punitive move whose intentions were to stop Broner from fighting would far, far, exceed that amount combined from;


A) That which Broner is alleged to be taken by gunpoint.
B) That which Mr. Chris Finney will surely describe within his service invoices.

Therefore, me thinks that Chris Finney's comments are not much more than a lawyer pushing aside his obligation to remain objective for the purpose of some free advertising; as he should know all this. All up though, it's a good publicity stunt and one that certainly takes Guerrero's "gun at customs Mayweather V Guerrero publicity stunt" to another (and perhaps more stupid) level. OK, with all that said . . . Where did the portrait of a knucklehead thread go? I was looking for it the other night, and it was like it had vanished into thin air from the forum.
Storm :) :)


-Kid Blast :

That all you got?


-Kid Blast :

Now he has failed to make weight and has been stripped of his title


-stormcentre :

Tempted to say what a surprise, but I won't. So long as he wins then Theophane doesn't get the title. But who knows whether the absent weight loss is the result of a lack of training/motivation - or an advantage? Time will tell. Wont surprise me to see Broner pay out the plaintiff in the legal/gun matter (if indeed it is not a complete stunt); it would be the smart thing to do. And at the end of the day, that (cash) is all it is over. :) :)


-Skibbz :

Is this an April Fools or has All Belly really been stripped? Can't say I'm surprised.


-deepwater2 :

Is this an April Fools or has All Belly really been stripped? Can't say I'm surprised.
It's my birthday and the present I gave myself was to ignore the whole wwf nonsense- train wreck. None of us should be surprised that boner can't make weight and is stripped. No excuse for the dummy to be pulling guns.the guy is old enough to know right from wrong by now. Let him fight so he can pay the fees and child support before he is laughed out of the sport and just another cautionary tall to the young kids starting the careers. Don't be the next Broner son.


-Radam G :

It's my birthday and the present I gave myself was to ignore the whole wwf nonsense- train wreck. None of us should be surprised that boner can't make weight and is stripped. No excuse for the dummy to be pulling guns.the guy is old enough to know right from wrong by now. Let him fight so he can pay the fees and child support before he is laughed out of the sport and just another cautionary tall to the young kids starting the careers. Don't be the next Broner son.
Happy B-day 2 U. Holla!


-Skibbz :

It's my birthday and the present I gave myself was to ignore the whole wwf nonsense- train wreck. None of us should be surprised that boner can't make weight and is stripped. No excuse for the dummy to be pulling guns.the guy is old enough to know right from wrong by now. Let him fight so he can pay the fees and child support before he is laughed out of the sport and just another cautionary tall to the young kids starting the careers. Don't be the next Broner son.
I don't know what Broner would feel if he read that. Reading it before the fight would be enough to have him concede that loss before he steps in and finding a new career route sooner rather than later! Chop chop AB!