Police: Broner can fight Friday in DC because warrant is only for Ohio
Adrien Broner will be allowed to stay in Washington, DC and defend his junior welterweight title on Friday against Ashley Theophane without threat of arrest from the D.C. police even though there is a warrant for his arrest, a Cincinnati police source told RingTV.com on Monday.
Broner has been charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after the 26-year-old boxer allegedly beat up and robbed a man outside of a Cincinnati bowling alley after he lost money to the man in bets on Jan. 21, according to the Cincinnati police.
Because the alleged crimes were committed in Cincinnati, the warrant was only issued provincially instead of nation-wide, the police source said. So the D.C. police are under no responsibility to arrest Broner and extradite him back to Ohio, the source said.
So Broner (31-2, 23 knockouts) should be available to defend his WBA title against Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) at the DC Armory on Spike as part of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions televised cards.
“The warrant is just only for Ohio, for the local area here, so it does not affect his ability to be in other places,” the police source said. “The charges were brought forth locally here for Ohio. The location was for Ohio.”
The warrant is still active, the source said, with the bond set at $100,000. Broner would be required to pay 10% of the bond once he does turn himself in.
The Cincinnati police would prefer that Broner turn himself in as soon as possible. But he is under no obligation to do so before Friday’s fight and the police source did not give a timetable for when he would have to return.
“At this point, he doesn’t have to do that,” the source said of Broner turning himself in. “As a police department, that’s something that we would hope that he does as early as he could – come in, post the bond and then, if you’re out on bond, you can kind of go about your daily business until a court date is set. That’s what we would hope that he does. But again, it’s up to him and his attorney to determine what’s best for him.”
Spike, which is airing the bout Friday at 9 p.m., has said it plans on televising a boxing card whether Broner is available or not.
The man involved in the alleged incident with Broner, Christopher Carson, filed suit against Broner on Feb. 5, claiming he won $14,000 ($8,000 in cash, $6,000 in credit) off Broner in bowling side bets, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. When Carson left the bowling alley around 3 a.m., Broner and eight men were waiting for him, the lawsuit alleges. Broner, who was armed, knocked Carson unconscious with a punch to the chin, which also lacerated Carson, the lawsuit claims. When Carson awoke, he was missing $12,000 in cash, the lawsuit says.