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 Chris Finney, who is representing Christopher Carson.
Finney goes on to question the reasoning behind Broner's arrest warrant being downgraded from nationwide to only the state of Ohio, paving way for this weekend's fight to go ahead and shielding Broner from extradition by local police. Julie Wilson, the chief assistant prosecutor and public information officer for Hamilton County (Ohio) confirmed that the warrant was amended to include only the state of Ohio.
"I think it's interesting that locally... who amended the arrest warrant and why?" Finney said in a phone interview. "Why did this rich guy get special treatment? Somebody pulled the plug and screwed things up."
Wilson goes on to confirm that prosecutors have received assurances that Broner will turn himself in to police after the fight, and if he doesn't, that they can still expand the pick-up radius for Broner. Adrien Broner has been charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after he allegedly beat up and robbed Christopher Carson outside of a bowling alley in Cincinnati and took $12,000 off his person while he laid unconscious.
"Everybody is entitled to due process but there's a whole ‘nother 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."
While the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission did not comment, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett, said that because Broner has yet to be convicted of any crime, it would be difficult to not grant him a boxing license, dubbing it a "judgement call."
Adrien Broner is set to defend his WBA junior welterweight title against Ashley Theophane on SpikeTV this Friday night.