The WBC, the governing body once widely-accused of being covertly governed by a shock-topped boxing promoter who killed two people, has suspended former three-division world champion Adrien Broner.
The Mexico City-based outfit takes offense to a comment Broner made after defeating Carlos Molina on Cinco de Mayo weekend. Calling himself the “can man,” the junior welterweight boasted to in-ring interviewer Jim Gray: “I’ve beaten Africans and I just beat the f— out of a Mexican.”
The WBC, which stages primal displays of violence to determine the better man, maintains that it “holds human equality as its banner.” Broner, the group insists, “has offended many persons of the world.” Unlike, say, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the WBC doesn’t have any actual authority to prevent Broner from entering a ring. But they can block him from fighting for the titles they recognize.
The alphabet-soup organization decreed on its website, “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.”
Why did it take so long for the WBC to take offense to Adrien Broner? Certainly his antics come as no shock to them, as he held their lightweight title just last year.
In a YouTube video, Broner rips up and flushes $20 bills down the toilet. In a cell phone video, he appears to perform a sex act upon a stripper in a club. He stars in the obligatory threesome sex tape. After a controversial split decision victory over Paulie Malignaggi, Broner boasted of taking his opponent’s belt and his girl–a former flame of the Brooklyn fighter that Broner used in the lead up to the fight to taunt his opponent. After defeating Vincente Escobedo, an on-bended-knee Broner used his girlfriend as a humiliating prop in a faux marriage proposal: “On national TV, in front of the whole world, I need quiet for this…Can you brush my hair?”
While Broner may have sinned against “human equality,” as the WBC maintains, the transgressions generally involve the opposite sex rather than another ethnic group. The overlooked offense involved in his postfight interview comes against the truth. In point of fact, Broner didn’t “beat the f— out of a Mexican.” Molina was born in Commerce, California, with ancestors hailing from Mexico and Argentina. Beyond this, Broner merely outboxed Molina to a decision. Mike Tyson “beat the f— out of” Trevor Berbick. Adrien Broner didn’t destroy Molina, who never touched the canvass, in any such way.
Breitbart Sports caught up with Broner last month at the Bernard Hopkins DC Armory Card, where in colorful fashion he outlined a willingness to fight Manny Pacquiao at any weight and squashed his past beef with Malignaggi. “Some people might not ever see this much money in a lifetime,” Broner told me of the blinding bling adorning his personage. “But I work hard for it, and all my taxes is paid.” When I asked him to put a price on the jewelry, he declined: “We can’t really talk about no numbers. I got baby mamas.”
The baby mamas pursue the flashy fighter for a cut of his paydays. The WBC chases him for an apology. Neither figures to be entirely satisfied with what Broner gives them. It’s not for nothing that he’s called “The Problem.”