Boxing star Adrien Broner a no-show at trial, jailed for contempt

Boxing star Adrien Broner a no-show at trial, jailed for contempt
Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 09:45:50-04

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati boxing star Adrien Broner will spend 30 days in jail before his robbery and assault trial even begins.

The reason: Broner didn't show up to court Tuesday morning. After waiting more than an hour, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman issued a warrant for Broner's arrest, Ruehlman's bailiff said.

Broner's attorney brought him in later Tuesday, and the boxer was ordered to spend 30 days in jail for contempt. After that, he'll stand trial. Broner previously pleaded not guilty in the case.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this year at a popular East Side bowling alley: Christopher Carson, of West Chester Township, accused Broner of beating him up in the parking lot of Madison Bowl in Oakley in January. Carson said Broner lost thousands of dollars to him on bets over the course of an evening, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Carson alleges Broner then beat him up in the parking lot when he went outside, threatened him with a handgun and eventually knocked him unconscious.

When he woke up, he was missing $10,000 -- $8,000 he'd won from Broner and $2,000 he'd arrived with -- and Broner was gone, the lawsuit states. Court documents obtained by WCPO said the most recent accusations made against Broner are corroborated by video and witnesses.

Earlier this year, WCPO captured video of Broner after leaving court with his attorney Will Welsh. Broner's only comment for our camera: "Vote for Donald Trump."