Ending a situation most had already forgotten about a month and a half later, Adrien Broner's case was heard by the Nevada State Athletic Commission today, and the fighter got off with a warning for perceived racist remarks after his May 3 win in Las Vegas over Carlos Molina.
The WBC suspended Broner a week after the fight for what they termed "racially insensitive" remarks, but in Nevada, where a suspension might actually mean something, he apologized and will face no further discipline. I said then that in my personal opinion, it was questionable but not really a line-crosser, more unfunny than anything, and I still note that he's been doing the same "Can Man" routine for years, including saying "Mexi-Can" several times, with nobody batting an eyelash.
In this instance, he said to Showtime's Jim Gray that he "beat the fuck out of a Mexi-Can," which was profane and in questionable taste, but in reality no different than anything he's ever said before. The WBC took the opportunity to pay attention to it this time, and it became more of an issue than it's been before.
Broner: "It's all about growing up. I can still get my message out and be entertaining without having to say those other things."— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) June 17, 2014
More from Broner: "I'll be smarter in the future and choose my words more carefully."— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) June 17, 2014
Broner (28-1, 22 KO) has no next fight set at the moment, though it appears he'll be staying in the 140-pound weight class, where he moved down to make his debut against Molina in what was judged by most to be an unimpressive and overly easy victory, a bounce-back fight from his first loss to Marcos Maidana in December.