Adrien Broner hits another self-inflicted setback after failing to appear in court on time to face charges on felony assault and aggravated robbery. Those charges stem from an incident at a local bowling alley where Broner has been accused of knocking out a man and relieving him of $12,000 in cash while brandishing a gun.
Broner was due to appear in court yesterday morning to start trial, but after he didn't appear on time Judge Robert Ruehlman issued a warrant for Broner's arrest on a contempt of court charge. Broner did eventually make it to court, though -- just three hours late -- and Ruehlman decided not to rescind the contempt charge and sent Broner packing. He's been sentenced to 30 days in county jail.
Reports indicate that Broner appeared to be in rare form when he finally made his way to the courthouse, prompting even the judge to question his condition.
"You don't look well. You look like you have a hangover," Ruehlman said, according to a transcript of the hearing obtained by the newspaper.
Broner's response, according to the transcript, was, "I have been sick all morning. When I finally got well, I called my lawyer."
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Broner also told the judge that he believes someone might have drugged him.
"Somebody put something in my drink" the previous night. He added: "I don't even drink. I didn't drink last night."
Whether or not there's any truth to that statement, the judge wasn't buying it, saying:
"It's not a good excuse. He looks like he's drunk or hungover. To coin a little boxing phrase -- you're not ducking this one."
Then, adding salt to the wound, Ruehlman told Broner that he was considering dismissing the charges against him had he only appeared on time - making this episode all the more unfortunate.
So it's just more bad news for Broner who had been the front-runner to face Manny Pacquiao in a lucrative fight before pricing himself out of the match, according to promoter Bob Arum. Broner doesn't currently have a fight on schedule, having last fought in April, and with him doing this 30-day stretch, it could be a while longer before anything solidifies.