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Deontay Wilder Arrested For Possession of Marijuana

16 June 2017

Heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder was arrested in Tuscaloosa Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to a report from the Tuscaloosa News.

Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday afternoon after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist was stopped by police in the fighter's home city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a tinted window vehicle violation.

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

Wilder is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion.

The department says officers got permission to search the auto after smelling marijuana and discovered a small amount inside the vehicle.

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Wilder's attorney, Paul Patterson, said the marijuana wasn't his.

"Deontay has been out-of-state for several days", Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News.

The arresting officer said he smelled marijuana coming from Wilder's auto. "But he's also a fighter and he's going to fight this and clear his name", Patterson went on to say.

The only time Wilder was forced to win a fight by decision was back on January 17, 2015, when he fought Bermane Stiverne.

The 31-year-old called out Parker for a unification bout via social media back in April. He is undefeated in 38 professional fights, winning all but one by knockout.

Deontay Wilder Arrested For Possession of Marijuana