Boxer and former world-champion Adrien Broner was ordered Tuesday to spend 30 days in jail after he didn’t show up for a scheduled trial.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman found Broner, 26, in contempt of court.
Broner was set to start trial Tuesday morning on charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery in steaming from a Jan. 21 incident outside Madison Bowl. He had been free on bond since being charged.
When Broner didn’t appear in court, Ruehlman issued a warrant for his arrest. Broner did eventually show up around noon, but Ruehlman still imposed the jail sentence.
Broner, appeared to be “hungover” when he entered the court. He then told Ruehlman that “somebody put something in my drink” the previous night. He added: “I don’t even drink. I didn’t drink last night.”
“You don’t look well. You look like you have a hangover,” Ruehlman said, according to a transcript of the hearing.
“I have been sick all morning,” Broner responded . “When I finally got well, I called my lawyer.”
Not buying his story the judge responded “It’s not a good excuse,” Ruehlman said. “He looks like he’s drunk or hungover. To coin a little boxing phrase – you’re not ducking this one.”
Broner’s attorney, Will Welsh, told The Enquirer that Broner accepts the judge’s ruling.
“He certainly apologizes and understands why the judge was upset,” Welsh said in an interview.
Court documents say Broner pointed a handgun at a West Chester man during a betting dispute over $14,000 and then knocked him unconscious. The incident has also led to a lawsuit against Broner, who lives in Cincinnati.
The alleged victim in the case also did not show up for Tuesday’s trial, and hasn’t attended any previous court hearings, Welsh said.