Adrien Broner reportedly appeared drunk, was late for court
Boxer Adrien Broner was given 30 days in jail by a judge on Tuesday after failing to show up on time for his trial on alleged felony assault and aggravated battery charges. Worst part of all, Broner described himself as feeling sick all morning and appeared “drunk” or “hungover” according to the presiding judge.
Broner’s trial was scheduled to begin at 9:00 am in Hamilton County, Ohio. Broner was facing charges for allegedly beating up a man to whom he lost $14,000 in bets on their bowling games in January and taking the money back (full details here). The Cincinnati Enquirer says Broner finally showed up at court at around noon. By then, the judge had already deemed him in contempt of court — hence the 30-day sentence.
Here are details of the court exchange between Judge Robert Ruehlman and Broner via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“You don’t look well. You look like you have a hangover,” Ruehlman said, according to a transcript of the hearing.
“I have been sick all morning,” Broner responded. “When I finally got well, I called my lawyer.”
“It’s not a good excuse,” Ruehlman said. “He looks like he’s drunk or hungover. To coin a little boxing phrase – you’re not ducking this one.”
The victim in the case did not show up, leading Judge Ruehlman to say he was considering dismissing the case But Broner botched that possibility by not showing up on time.
Broner will not be a stranger to jail, as he spent 10 days behind bars in April.
And to think … Broner tweeted the following message a day before botching his trial date:
Today will be the DAY I change everything about my lifestyle at this point of my life #AboutBillions
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) July 18, 2016