Boxer Adrien Broner suspended for 'racially offensive' diatribe

 
Boxers Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina face each other during their pre-match weigh-in on 2 May, 2014. Adrien Broner (left) has received an indefinite suspension for racist comments directed at Carlos Molina

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Boxing has long been a sport of spirited taunting.

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was a master of the practice, calling one opponent "so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife" and saying he'd beat an opponent so badly "he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on".

Welterweight boxer Adrien Broner's attempts at such braggadocio after defeating Carlos Molina - an American of Mexican heritage - veered into racist slurs, however.

During a televised post-match interview with Showtime's Jim Gray, Broner - who is black - referred to himself as the "can man" and said: "Anybody can get it. Afri-cans, I just beat the f--k out of a Mexi-can."

Even for boxing this was a line crossed, and on Thursday the World Boxing Council announced Broner had received an indefinite suspension from the sport until he "makes a public apology satisfactory to the public of the world":

Adrien Broner, former WBC lightweight champion, has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight v 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 disrespectful and offensive... Boxing is a great sport, it is a world sport, and boxers are honourable and exemplary members of the community. Fair play and human equality must always be upheld.

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The fact that Broner employed the word 'Mexican' was presumably too much for the WBC”

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Given that professional basketball team owner Donald Sterling was recently suspended for life for making racist statements in a secretly recorded private conversation, the sporting world has become particularly sensitised to offensive language.

"Broner, who has always been a showboat, a kind of Apollo Creed for the Twitter generation, has crossed a line with this recent tirade," writes Classicalite's Drew Jacobs. "Amidst all the news breaking about classless rednecks making stupid comments, a time has come for civility to make a comeback."

Boxing Insider's Sean Crose, disagrees, saying it's ironic that an organisation that governs a sport "where athletes regularly punch each other in the face" is so concerned about a participant's "good manners".

"The fact that Broner employed the word 'Mexican' was presumably too much for the WBC - which itself has a history of raising eyebrows - to stomach," he writes.

He notes that the WBC did not suspend Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2010 for calling Manny Pacquiao "a little yellow chump".

He continues:

We live in an age, of course, where offending certain people - though definitely not all people - is considered taboo. At least in some cases. It depends, actually, on who does the offending. And if the offended party is deemed worth caring about. It's all very advanced and complex, you see. Best to just let the most honourable and brightest among us sort it all out.

Shortly after the Sterling suspension was announced, ESPN's Jason Whitlock warned that the precedent for handing down suspensions for objectionable language means "it won't be long before a parade of athletes joins Sterling on Ignorance Island".

Broner, it seems, has booked his reservations.

 

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    Comment number 31.

    I recall Bernard Hopkins saying before his fight to Joe Calzaghe he'd never lose to a white man. Why was that overlooked then?

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    Comment number 30.

    These guys are so highly trained one punch could brain damage an ordinary mortal.Oft after years of this hard sport damage does manifest it self.Its their choice & many enjoy following it.So they ban a guy for not being PC.Bloody worlds gone mad.

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    Comment number 29.

    i've heard much much worse than this, Broner's comments weren't that bad. i remember when Hopkins told Calzaghe, 'he wouldn't get beat by a white boy' Hopkins didn't get banned
    Broner was just showing off, thats all, even if it was bad taste, perhaps to fine him his entire purse for the fight would be more appropriate
    LA Clippers owner Sterling, now he's a real racist

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    Comment number 28.

    Carlos Molina was born in the USA, so he is of Mexican heritage but isn't a Mexican. I believe he fights for Argentina as his nation.
    So there is a bit of racism here. Nothing huge, just a hint that Mexicans can't be real Americans.

    What Floyd said about Manny was truly disgraceful.

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    Comment number 27.

    Every week there is one debate or another over a faux pas by someone which in itself would hardly go noticed with most just thinking the comments are just of an idiot talking but are elevated out of all proportion by the media . This applies to religion and race and in everyday life make people scared to say certain things for fear of how those comments are construed . Its a sad state of affairs .

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    Comment number 26.

    Perhaps Muhammad Ali should open a taunting academy, show the kids how to do it with style and class.

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    Comment number 25.

    The comment wasn't racist so much as it promoted racial hatred and violence, which is worse. By making 'beating the F-K' out of someone professionally into a racial statement, he's in a real sense legitimizing violence between Mexican and Black Americans, which there is enough of already. This comment is maybe less racist, but certainly more dangerous, than anything Sterling said.

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    Comment number 24.

    Hmmm... I think people are offended because [here in the USA], ignorant people apply Mexican as a blanket term for any/all Hispanics, regardless of their actual ethnicity. He happens to be Mexican, but the appearance is the above lumping, which is offensive.

    That being said, intolerance? In one of the oldest pseudo-bloodsports still around where the objective is knockouts? IMPOSSIBLE! [/sarcasm]

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    Comment number 23.

    While the word "Mexican" is not necessarily a racist term, it can be used as such (and it often is) if used in a certain context and/or employed in a certain manner. This is something that happens in numerous situations where th goal of a remark is racism. Those who have been exposed to racism, know what I am talking about. Howver, I am having a hard time understanding if his is such a case.

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    Comment number 22.

    How is this racist? He may have used foul language, but how is it racist? He simply said that he won against a Mexican. If he had said that he won against an Eskimo, or Caucasian, or African-American, would that too have been considered racist? Don't let the politically-correct stifle speech.

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    Comment number 21.

    Maybe they're saying: Move over blacks; Latinos are the new "special." Gently though, so as not to cause rioting.

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    Comment number 20.

    The next time Adrien Broner enters the ring to fight, his entrance music should be,, ' Can The Can' by Suzi Quatro, that should get the crowd going lol

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    Comment number 19.

    "Shortly after the Sterling suspension was announced, ESPN's Jason Whitlock warned that the precedent for handing down suspensions for objectionable language means 'it won't be long before a parade of athletes joins Sterling on Ignorance Island'."

    One can only hope . . .

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    Comment number 18.

    Oh Christ! If they start reporting every racist taunt by a Black person in sports or performance there will be nothing else in the headlines. Who cares? It only matters if a white-guy does it.

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    Comment number 17.

    Reith, nobody is saying his comments weren't objectionable for any number of reasons, only that his comments were not racism. If you disagree, feel free to articulate why.

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    Comment number 16.

    Mexican! Sue me, ban me. The horror!

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    Comment number 15.

    Don't play word games.He meant to make a vicious statement and it's there for all to see. (The same people ready to excuse him get all hot and bothered when the tables are turned.) Hate is hate, no matter who sends he message.

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    Comment number 14.

    Vanderwd-in VA, since presumably you are in Virginia, you should know that in american culture, people self-identify based on ethnic heritage. The only people who do not are those of diverse ancestry who can no longer trace their heritage.

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    Comment number 13.

    No, it is racist because he's black. WBC is just making a point blacks can be racists too. Which in this case is completely unfair, by the way. Mexican is not a race as someone already said below. Neither African...

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    Comment number 12.

    Since when is the word "Mexican" racist? He shouldn't apologize. He should shove in in their faces and say it every chance he gets. Mexican, Mexican, Mexican!

 

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