The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrested famous boxer Deontay Wilder for possession of a concealed weapon Tuesday, TMZ reports.
Law enforcement pulled over the star boxer in Hollywood at about 1:15 a.m. for having illegally tinted windows on his Rolls-Royce and an obstructed license plate, according to TMZ. Police allegedly smelled marijuana during the traffic stop, which reportedly prompted them to search Wilder’s vehicle. They discovered marijuana and a 9mm gun in the car and brought the boxer into custody, TMZ reported.
Deontay Wilder Arrested In L.A., Booked On Gun Charge https://t.co/srNYAny98o
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 2, 2023
Wilder was cooperative and polite throughout the ordeal, according to TMZ. The 37-year-old boxer was reportedly released on bond at 6:34 a.m.
Wilder broke his silence on the matter by posting a message to his Twitter account early Tuesday afternoon.
I’d rather be safe than sorry. The End 🙏🏿
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 2, 2023
“I’d rather be safe than sorry. The End,” the boxer wrote on social media. (RELATED: REPORT: Music Producer Holds Intruder At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive)
Wilder was allegedly negotiating a heavyweight superfight against Anthony Joshua sometime in 2023, and it remains unclear whether Tuesday’s reported incident will impede the potential match-up.