Adrian Broner Back In Cleveland Jail For Contempt Of Court
For the second time in three months, former four division World Champ Adrien Broner is behind bars in a Cleveland jail.
Broner was in court on Monday to answer contempt charges for failing to provide financial documents associated with him having lost a civil lawsuit related to a sexual assault charge in 2018.
Cleveland.com reported that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge in Nancy Russo ordered Broner into custody mid-day Monday. This, after he repeatedly ignored the court demands to either begin paying the plaintiff or demonstrating why he could not pay the plaintiff some or all of her $800,000+ judgement win.
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First, Russo heard from Broner as he made excuses about not having money or way to pay the judgement. Broner reported to the court that he had $13 in his bank account.
However, Russo responded, while citing him or contempt, “Mr Broner has continually defied every court order I’ve given. ‘The Jig Is up’ today.”
Broner, 33-4-1, has had a myriad of legal troubles, including pleading guilty in April 2019 to two misdemeanor charges in connection with a June 2018 assault of a woman in a Cleveland nightclub. As part of the plea agreement, Broner got a suspended six months jail sentence, was placed on probation for two years, and he also faced a fine from the court and had to reimburse the victim for over $4,000 in her medical bills.
She later sued him in December of that year, but has refused to cooperate with any part of the suit. Broner did not show up to the depositions, did not respond to court ordered rulings for him to provide financial documents, etc. The judge eventually ruled for the plaintiff and ordered him to pay the $800,000+ in damages.
As we wrote in August, Cleveland judge Sherry Miday told the 31-year-old Broner that she hoped a seven day sentence would be “a wake-up call” to him after he had been arrested in March on DUI charges in Miami in his latest controversy.
Broner, who’s made over $10 million in earnings in the ring, was last in action when he was beaten by 12 round decisio by WBA Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao in January of 2019.
Back to Monday, the common pleas judge, Russo was irritated, when Broner and his attorney showed up late for their 1 p.m. hearing. The attorney made more excuses about Broner not knowing about his finances, even to the extent of whether he owned the car that he drove or if the house that he was staying in belonged to him or someone else?
The attorney also repeated that Broner suffers from mental illness and alcohol abuse and is having to rely on others to handle his finances.
The judge replied that that information “was very interesting,” but told the lawyer, again, it was irrelevant as to why Broner continued to not show up to court hearings and proceedings and not provide the information that she had ordered.
Broner will remain in the Cleveland lock-up until at least Wednesday. That’s the new deadline that Russo has given him to provide the financial documents to demonstrate whether he can or can’t pay the plaintiff who won the lawsuit.