COMMENTARY | The headlines that the young, three-division world champ craves are now coming less and less frequently for the publicity-seeking fighter from Cincinnati. By comments seen on the mega-popular World Star Hip-Hop and throughout social media, it's also becoming obvious that his own target demographic may be tiring of the staged antics and choreographed "outrages" done in the name of cheap publicity.
So, yeah, here's one more "Adrien Broner is crazy/dumb/insulting/out of his mind" article. Consider this a birthday gift or, maybe more appropriately, a goodbye forever gift aimed directly at the part of Broner's psyche that needs to insult the fans with insincere bids at generating TMZ-level controversy.
Earlier this week, a sex tape involving Broner and two female "friends" was "leaked" and found its way to World Star Hip-Hop and then all throughout social media.
What a shock! What an outrage!
Actually, nobody even cared. From the lunkhead that brought us videos of him flushing twenty dollar bills down the toilet, mauling a stripper on stage, and delivering a soliloquy from a Popeye's toilet, a sex tape seemed downright normal. Actually, it was probably the first time there was an actual sense of realness to one of these taped pleas for attention.
However, in simple-minded anticipation of the big impending scandal, Broner made yet another tape, a public apology about the sex tape that "somehow" managed to be leaked to the public.
"I made this video to say sorry to all my fans if I disappointed you in any type of way," Broner would say into the camera, half-smirk on his face. "I don't know how that leaked, how the video got leaked, but, at the end of the day, I'm still human...I just want to say, I want everyone to have protected sex. The best sex is safe sex....all I could do is apologize and, hopefully, you accept my apology...I'm just being me."
It was the perfect fake apology for a fake scandal and the perfect nail with which to close the coffin on Broner's sad attempt to be more than what he really is.
There's no denying the fact that Broner is a talented, compelling fighter and, at 24, he has plenty of room for growth. He'll likely never possess the ring genius of his mentor Floyd Mayweather, but the up side on his career is tremendous and there are plenty of stellar potential match-ups for him at the 140-147 lb. weight range.
But, frankly, Broner hasn't looked motivated to be anything other than a reality TV star or rapper for the last year or so. The fighter, who seems to get so much enjoyment from his videotaped numbskullery, doesn't appear to be enjoying himself in the ring anymore. His lackluster split decision win over Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title in June did little to win fans and influence people while last February's predictable destruction of overmatched Gavin Rees failed to grab anyone's attention.
You'd have to go back to November of last year, in his one-sided destruction of WBC lightweight champ Antonio DeMarco, to find the last time Broner was executing his game at an elite level and enjoying the gig.
Maybe Broner would just prefer to be a celebrity and not have to deal with the tough, tough life of a professional boxer. But unfortunately for Broner, he can only afford to act out in public because he's worth so much in the ring. If fighting goes, Broner's celebrity goes.
So, let's all do the young champion a favor and just completely tune out his desperate cries for attention. Let his ring work do the talking. Who knows, maybe without all the silliness surrounding him he might develop into someone truly special? I know, personally, I'll do my part. No more headlines for Adrien Broner unless they're boxing-related.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Source: World Star Hip-Hop
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