Adrien Broner: Unoriginal Sin

By Robert Ecksel on May 8, 2014
Adrien Broner: Unoriginal Sin
“No, no,” Jim Gray said to The Problem. “C’mon. c’mon, let’s show some class and dignity.”


Adrien Broner is a bad boy. He didn’t grow bad overnight. He’s been a bad boy all along. Those he hadn’t already offended with his x-rated video or Chicken Shack antics seem unusually annoyed by his remarks following Saturday’s victory over Carlos Molina.

Broner said nothing that he hasn’t said before, in one form or another. His self-absorption is such that he thinks he is amusing, indispensable, and maybe even relevant. But the laughter has died down, while the indispensability and relevance have been questionable all along.

Only this time The Problem may have gone too far. To say he ignited a firestorm is an exaggeration. He may have simply put his foot in his mouth once too often.

What exactly did the verbose WBC lightweight champion say that has brought down the Wrath of the Boxing Gods?

Jim Gray spoke to Broner after the fight. This is one time, oddly enough, that the pyromaniac isn’t to blame.

Gray asked Broner what he thought of his performance.

After vocalizing a theatrical “Um,” he replied, “As you can see, man, I didn’t really go through no trouble with that fight, through that whole fight. Since I was training in DC, they got DeSean Jackson, I think the Bengals should get Michael Vick. That’s what I’s thinking about. Fuck the fight.”

The acolytes surrounding Broner thought that was clever. The rest of us thought it was just another day at the office.

Jim Gray, however, had thoughts of his own.

“So, you weren’t thinking about this fight?”

“Ah, no man, we just stay calm. It was a sparring match on TV.”

That’s the kind of thing we critics in the press might write. Was Broner rendering us obsolete, or was he simply speaking the truth?

“What did you learn,” asked Gray, “coming off that loss?”

“It definitely humbled me in some ways,” answered Broner. “But at the end of the day, I’m still Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner—the can man. Anybody can get it. Afri-cans. I just beat the fuck out of a Mexi-can.

That ruffled Jim Gray’s feathers.

“No, no,” he said. “C’mon. c’mon, let’s show some class and dignity. C’mon, you just said you’re humbled a little bit. Is this the right weight for you?”

“Excuse my French,” Monsieur Broner said, “but this is definitely the right weight for me, and the last weight was the right weight for me. It was just some things I didn’t do.”

It was the standard Adrien Broner interview. He may have made a disparaging remark about his opponent’s nationality, but it was no worse that Bernard Hopkins calling Joe Calzaghe a “white boy.” If that’s a double standard, so be it. We should be grateful there’s not a triple or quadruple standard to contend with.

In any event, the WBC was none too happy with Broner’s remarks and decided to bring down the hammer, stripped him of his title, and suspended him from all future WBC events.

“Adrien Broner,” the WBC statement reads, “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 his 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. FairPlay and human equality must always be upheld.”

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, with an eye on the bottom line, was less concerned with Broner’s statement than the WBC’s reaction. According to The Ring website, Schaefer said, “I don’t condone these things and I wasn’t happy about it,” but then went a little further, too far according to some.

“I think that Mauricio Sulaiman and the WBC are not more Mexican than my wife is and she was born in Mexico.”

It would be best for all concerned if Broner apologizes. It won’t be easy, but if anyone can do it, the can man can.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 07:25am, 05/11/2014

    LOL…FranklinDallas…That’s the best line of the Thread…Peace

  2. Steven 06:51pm, 05/10/2014

    I would NEVER pay a dime for his fights, just as I don’t for FMJ. Classless fighters or those that don’t fight the best are no interest to me. It IS about the fans and not the Money.

  3. Eric 04:33pm, 05/10/2014

    Broner knows that this kind of publicity will put butts in the seats and more people will be willing to shell out money to watch his fights. This is the 2014 version of the Ali book of self promotion.  Wonder how many Mexicans will shell out money to watch Broner’s next fight? This guy knows that there is no such thing as bad press when you’re in the entertainment bidness, and boxing is part of the entertainment bidness.

  4. FrankinDallas 01:04pm, 05/10/2014

    and next time he’ll get beat by a Tomato-CAN.

  5. Ted Spoon 05:25am, 05/10/2014

    Very much in agreement there, Eric. What Broner said wasn’t racist at all. Hell, I’m not sure he’s even deep enough for that kind of sub-text. He was awfully proud at the fact it rhymed, no more, no less. Naturally this PC world called wolf. Here in the UK, such is this new, overly sensitive generation that racism has gone from a subject to a radioactive chemical that shouldn’t be touched, and even mentioning race could trigger its release into the water works. Now I’ve gone and done it. I’ve just offended myself.

  6. AKT 11:44pm, 05/09/2014

    Had Adrien Broner said “But at the end of the day, I’m still Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner—the can man. Anybody can get it. Afri-cans. Ameri-cans. Jamai-cans. Mexi-cans”, and stopped there. Technically speaking, the WBC should still take the same action in this instance. If they don’t, then it means their punishment on Broner was for either using the ‘F’ word or saying that he beat a Mexican (which he did).

    There is nothing racist about what Broner did on Saturday. Everything ignorant about what he did though. I think it’s more plausible that this punishment is a cumulative one i.e. Broner has gotten away with a lot in the past, and this was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Mexican pride gets hurt because their fighter got beaten up. No need to rub salt into all those wounds. They represent a large proportion of the fee paying fans i.e. pay a lot of wages. Broner was not very smart here. WBC did what they needed to. It’s a business, and you always have to keep your major customers happy.

    Broner needs a PR advisor more than anything.

  7. Critical Beatdown 06:55pm, 05/09/2014

    Racism is embedded in American culture. It’s so common that we’re used to the smell at this point. BUT what Broner did, in my opinion, more than anything, was to act like an adolescent clown and actually INVITE racism toward African-Americans. Was it demeaning to Mexicans? Yes. Was that more egregious than his apparent refusal to act like a man instead of a man-child? No. This is what is wrong with Broner and what is wrong with a lot of young men in this country. Nobody’s showing them how to truly grow up. And when you combine that with the thousands and thousands of dollars he makes, and with all the hangers on telling him he’s a genius, well, you get Adrien Broner. A product of this influences, or lack thereof.

  8. Eric 12:33pm, 05/09/2014

    I still don’t buy into what Broner said was “racist” at all. It shows what kind of society we live in where the guy CAN drop the F-bomb and that is totally acceptable but just because he uses a play on words, he’s demonized. Very unclassy and vulgar for him to say he just beat the eff out of somebody, regardless of race, but the play on words of AfriCAN, AmeriCAN, or MexiCAN, certainly isn’t racist. Wasn’t the defeated fighter of Mexican heritage? So what is the big deal. He should have been more gracious to his opponent and not spouted that he beat the eff out of him, but the guy is a punk, so be it. And there certainly is a DOUBLE STANDARD. MMA fighter Cain Valesquez sports a “Brown Pride” tattoo on his chest, now can you imagine a white fighter with a “White Pride” tattoo, and how the media or fans would react?  Personally, I’m not bothered by Valesquez’s tattoo nor would I be bothered by a white fighter having a “White Pride” tattoo, just bothered by the duplicitous double standards of the social engineers.  Pride in ones race or ethnic group seem natural to me. When you’ve entered a world where the words, “Mexican” or “Black” are considered racist, then you’ve truly entered the Orwellian Twilight Zone. Face it, when Manny Pacquiao faced JMM, probably at least 90% of Filipinos rooted for PacMan and 90% of Mexicans rooted for JMM, for no other reason than the race of each fighter.

  9. Pat Davis 11:40am, 05/09/2014

    I’m a 80 year old boxing fan going all the way back to listening to Joe Louis with my ear to the radio, I just want to say Thank You WBC Thank You, Thank You. I was so angry that he got away with the crap he pulled in the Marcos fight.

  10. MNboxingFAN - Sean 09:10am, 05/09/2014

    Schaefer is an idiot and so is Broner.  Good riddance to Schaefer.  Golden Boy will be better without him.  Let ‘Mayweather Promotions’ or Al Haymon hire him.  They’ll be happy to.  Meanwhile Golden Boy and Top Rank can end the feud and all the chumps who jumped ship to join Haymon just to try and get a Mayweather fight will be left out to sea.

  11. Eric 07:12am, 05/09/2014

    The pimp’s name was Bishop Don Magic Juan. That playa probably getting long in the tooth but he probably still pimpin’ playa. The Bishop could quote some Bible verses and teach Broner how to pimp like Superfly.

  12. Eric 07:06am, 05/09/2014

    Can we get Broner to put on a few pounds and fight his big brother Floyd? The build up to the fight, and having each one of them trying to out “gangsta” the other would be hilarious. Well, yes, I admit it could be considered “wayciss” to laugh at some of the steretypical behavior, but as long as it puts butts in the seats. Sitting at ringside could be former WWE rassler, The Godfather and his hos. Working in Broner’s corner could be that pimp with the gold cup that used to travel with Snoopy Poopy Dogg, Majic Don Juan or something like that, he always was dressed in green and gold. Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

  13. JuicyPeach 07:03am, 05/09/2014

    Hey you guys are on point. Stupid is as stupid does. But did you know ignorance befits Broner better than anything else. I think he really doesn’t know any better. He thinks he is selling himself but is making a fool of himself. Not so much stupid but ignorant. Go Broner!!

  14. andrew 06:21am, 05/09/2014

    not clever,not funny…and not racist-he’s the"not-man”

  15. Pete The Sneak 04:48am, 05/09/2014

    @Bob, great post. I agree wholeheartedly. This idiot wouldn’t know how to insult someone in a racist manner on purpose if he tried. He’s too much of a dope to knowingly do it, but he thinks that whatever comes out of his mouth is cool, hip and clever and thus the inane commentary, which is always geared simply to attempt to sell Adrien Broner…I tell you, this was a first for me, which was to actually applaud Jim Gray for checking Broner…JIM GRAY FOLKS!!! Imagine that….That’s how far in the toilet Broner has gone…And who the hell wants some halfhearted, insincere apology from this half-wit anyway? What difference will that make? Forest Gump’s mom said it best, “Stupid is what Stupid does…Peace.

  16. Bob 04:03am, 05/09/2014

    I don’t understand what was so racist about his comments. It’s just a jerk trying to be clever, with no real racist implications. If anything, I’d be more offended by the choice of opponents, a light puncher who everyone knew he would beat easily. To make this a racist issue is ludicrous. Everyone is giving this imbecile too much credit.

  17. To2ed 09:03pm, 05/08/2014

    Adrien Broner challenging Manny Pacquiao is like Mercury taunting Zeus…

  18. Harold 08:38pm, 05/08/2014

    Mayweather is more racist than his littler brother Broner.

  19. Liezz Fibian 08:37pm, 05/08/2014

    A number of people overheard Broner singing this Smash Mouth song repeatedly: “Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me. I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.”

  20. Eric 07:35pm, 05/08/2014

    A poor man’s Floyd Mayweather.

  21. procopy 06:53pm, 05/08/2014

    since he can only beat -cans, and he already got beaten by a -nian he may probably get beaten by a -no so he should stop calling out Manny Pacquiao

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