Boxing champion Deontay Wilder denies charge of marijuana possession

The heavyweight boxing champ is charged with misdemeanour marijuana possession, but his lawyer says the marijuana found in his car did not belong to him

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 9:58am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 9:58am

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanour marijuana possession, but his lawyer says the marijuana found in his car did not belong to him.

Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday afternoon after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. Wilder, 31, was initially stopped for a window tint violation. Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle’s console.

Wilder was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanour, and released on $1,000 bond.

Wilder’s attorney Paul Patterson said that Wilder said the marijuana did not belong to him. Patterson said that Wilder had just returned from an out-of-town trip, in which he had been driving another vehicle, and selected the Escalade to run errands around Tuscaloosa.

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Wilder has several friends and associates who had access to the Escalade when he was out of town, Patterson said.

“He is heartbroken by this, but the fighter in him is going to ensure he fights and clears his good name,” Patterson said.

The two-metre fighter is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.