Adrien Broner is still adjusting to fame—and it’s not at all going well.
The former four-division titlist was sent back to prison after being held in contempt of court Monday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Ohio. Broner was scheduled to appear to explain his failure to resolve a civil lawsuit stemming from an incident in 2018 for which he still owes $830,000.
Cincinnati’s Broner and his attorney, Stanley Jackson were both late to the scheduled 1:00 p.m. hearing, along with his answers not at all satisfying the judge assigned to the case.
“Mr. Broner has continually defied every court ordered I’ve given,” stated judge Nancy Margaret Russo. “The jig is up today.”
Cleveland.com was the first to report the development.
The latest incident stems from an incident which took place at a nightclub in Cleveland’s Warehouse District in June 2018. Broner was formally charged of sexual assault in November 2018, shortly after having formally announced his January 2019 challenge of legendary Manny Pacquiao which headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Broner was permitted to proceed with the fight—dropping a 12-round decision in his last ring appearance to date—as his legal team fought for his freedom. The troubled boxer plead guilty in April 2019 to two lesser charges—assault and unlawful restraint—for which he was ordered to serve two years’ probation.
Despite the criminal case being closed by the court, Broner’s accuser also filed a civil suit. Broner disregarded the lawsuit, failing (or refusing) to hire a lawyer and not honoring any notices to the point of a default judgment awarded to his accuser.
The woman—whose name is withheld—hired civil rights attorney Subodh Chandra, who filed a motion with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in August insisting that no effort had been made on the part of Broner to settle on the judgment.
Later that month, Broner was sentenced to seven days in prison on a parole violation after having been arrested in March for driving while intoxicated.
A court order requesting financial information was due to be satisfied by Friday, October 30. Broner and his attorney provided Chandra’s firm with what was deemed incomplete documents and insufficient for court heading into Monday’s hearing.
Judge Russo questioned Broner about the lavish lifestyle he portrays on social media, including showing off stacks of money which contradict his official claims of being cash poor.
“My friends,” Broner responded to the judge when asked from where the money is obtained. “I have rich friends. [Reigning two-division beltholder] Gervonta Davis, [adviser and PBC creator] Al Haymon, [Showtime Sports President] Stephen Espinoza. I got a fight January 16th. After the fight I can just pay them (back).”
The claim was dismissed as invalid by the judge, who demands proof of such.
A hearing has been set for Wednesday, November 4. Broner’s legal team will be required at that time to provide “complete and truthful information” about his financial status to the Chandra Law Firm representing the woman, Broner will remain in jail until sufficient proof of finances is provided.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV