Ex-heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder reportedly arrested on weapons charge in Los Angeles
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was arrested early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles on a charge of possession of a concealed weapon, according to TMZ.
The arrest reportedly came on a routine traffic stop in which Wilder was pulled over in Hollywood around 1:15 a.m. when officers allegedly noticed his Rolls-Royce has illegally tinted windows and an obstructed license plate.
The officers claimed to smell a marijuana odor from the car during the stop and searched it, leading to them allegedly finding marijuana and a gun. Wilder was reportedly cooperative, but was taken into custody, leaving jail on bond at 6:34 a.m.
Wilder appeared to respond to the report of his arrest with a short tweet: "I'd rather be safe than sorry. The End."
I’d rather be safe than sorry. The End 🙏🏿
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 2, 2023
The arrest comes six months after Wilder's most recent fight, a first-round KO of Robert Helenius, and 18 months after he finished his ill-fated trilogy against Tyson Fury.
Currently holding a record of 43-2-1, Wilder's next fight has not yet been announced, though there have been extensive rumblings that he will face fellow former champ Anthony Joshua in a matchup the boxing world was clamoring for five years ago.
It's unclear if this arrest will affect those discussions.