The World Boxing Council (WBC) suspended three-time world champion Adrien Broner on May 7 for making "racially-offensive statements."
The World Boxing Council (WBC) suspended three-time world champion Adrien Broner on May 7.
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According to the WBC's official website, Broner was suspended for making "racially-offensive statements":
"Adrien Broner, former WBC lightweight champion, has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight vs. Molina.
"The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially-offensive statements.
"Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways, the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with is words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be despective and offensive.
"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.
"Boxing is a great sport, it is a world sport and boxers are honorable and exemplary members of the community. Fair play and human equality must always be upheld."
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told RingTV.com's Lem Satterfield on May 8 he does not condone Broner's comments but expressed disappointment he found out about the WBC sanction from RingTV.com and not from the WBC outright, specifically president Mauricio Sulaiman.
"Adrien Broner is a young guy and he said some things that he shouldn't have said, and I told you guys at the post-fight press conference that I don't endorse those things. I don't.
"My wife is Mexican and my boys are Mexican-American, so I don't condone those things and I wasn't happy about it.
"But you know what? For the WBC to go and say that they're going to suspend him...I think that Mauricio Sulaiman and the WBC are not more Mexican than my wife is and she was born in Mexico, so you don't deal with things that way in my opinion.
"What you do is you sit down with a young man like that and you explain to him that,'You can't do this,' and,'You can't do that.' You coach him that you do not do things like that.
"Again, that has nothing to do with agreeing with what he said or what he has done. I didn't agree with it and I think that it was wrong what he said. I didn't like it."
For his part, Sulaiman told Satterfield the Broner suspension is consistent with that of Chris Arreola.
"We suspended Chris Arreola several years ago for swearing on television in a very terrible way, and he was suspended, so this is consistent.
"Chris Arreola accepted the suspension; he did apologize and he did have a conversation with my father (the late former WBC president Jose Sulaiman). Now, he is fighting for the WBC (heavyweight) championship."
After he beat Carlos Molina by unanimous decision in their 10-round junior welterweight bout as part of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. - Marcos Maidana undercard, Broner was in an interview with Showtime's Jim Gray and said,"I've beaten 'Afri-CANs' and I just beat the f--- out of a 'Mexi-CAN,' per Satterfield.
Schaefer tells RingTV.com Broner quickly came up to him in the ring to apologize for those remarks.
"When I got into the ring with Adrien, the first thing that he did was he stormed toward me and he clearly came to me and he said, 'I am so sorry about the comments that I made,' so he knows that he made a mistake.
"I'm sure that he is learning from those mistakes. I know that he is an outspoken guy and he said something that he will later regret but it's just a matter of talking to him and explaning to him that these kinds of things have consequences, so that he understands."
With the victory over Molina, Broner upped his record to 28-1 with 22 knockouts.
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