Deontay Wilder, considered by many to be the United States' best hope for a heavyweight champion in the foreseeable future, was arrested on Saturday in Las Vegas on a domestic battery by strangulation charge. He was released on a $15,000 bond.
Wilder's trainer Jay Deas had few details:
"The only thing that I can say is that I wasn't there, and I haven't had a chance to go over with Deontay what happened, other than I know that he was arrested and know what the charges and stuff are, but I don't know any details.
"I'm expecting that I will be talking to Deontay and trying to figure out exactly what the situation was and what happened sometime here shortly. Right now, I just don't have any information or any details or anything. He's home. He's back here now (Alabama). I just haven't had a chance to go over everything with him."
Wilder (28-0, 28 KO) most recently fought on April 27, when he went to Sheffield, England, and stopped Audley Harrison in the first round, which sent Harrison into retirement. The 6'7" Beijing bronze medalist in 2008 has handily dominated foes and started to get at least some minor serious attention lately in the boxing world, and obviously this was about the last thing his career needed right now, but without any further details, it's impossible to say how serious an issue we're dealing with here.