The World Boxing Council (WBC) has handed down strict & indefinite suspension to former lightweight champion Adrien Broner.
The boxer’s poor choice of words have landed him in hot waters with the WBC who didn’t waste much time in slapping him with an indefinite suspension until he issues a public apology for his verbal conduct. The announcement of the suspension has been even made public via Twitter.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) May 7, 2014
The WBC announced its decision yesterday, a little less than a week after “The Problem” made racially insensitive comments following his victory over Carlos Molina, as reported by Bleacher Report. WBCBoxing.com explained the punishment on its portal:
The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements.
Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways, the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be disrespective and offensive.
Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC sanctioned Championship and will be excluded from the WBC Ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world.
Though he is just 24 year’s old, Adrien Broner is a serious competitor, but he is equally fierce in a verbal sense too. Fighting on the under-card of Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana event, Broner easily extended his record to 28-1 with a unanimous ‘decision victory’ over Molina (17-2-1), an American-born fighter who is of both Argentinian and Mexican descent.
Though the victory was quite sweet for the fighter, he had to ruin it by his racial slur, “I’ve beaten Africans and I just beat the f— out of a Mexican,” Broner said to Showtime’s Jim Gray, via the New York Daily News’ Mitch Abramson, reported the NY Daily News. After getting instantaneous jeers from the crowd, Jim reprimanded Adrien on–air. Though the fighter did say “I’m so sorry that I said what I said,” the damage was already done.
Boxing has been traditionally fueled by trash talk, bold comments and rude challenges, Adrien Broner slightly stretched the same a bit too far. However, he is certainly no stranger to ludicrous behavior. According to Abramson, he once flushed $20 bills down the toilet in a social media video, and he has always seemingly thrived while playing the villainous role in the boxing world.
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