Boxer Deontay Wilder was detained by Los Angeles police early on Tuesday after his Rolls-Royce was stopped and searched, according to the authorities. He was suspected of having a hidden weapon on him.
The 37-year-old heavyweight boxer was detained at approximately 1:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, when his car was stopped close to a major junction in the city's Hollywood district.
The Los Angeles Times said that Wilder's Rolls-Royce was pulled over due to an obscured licence plate and excessively dark window tinting, which in certain situations may be against the law. Police stopped the automobile after claiming to smell marijuana, which prompted a search of the car.
According to the Times, officers found a 9-millimeter pistol and an unidentified amount of marijuana.
Later on Twitter, the boxer said, “I'd rather be safe than sorry,” seeming to make reference to the arrest. The praying hands emoji is used after “The End”.
The former heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Council was detained in lieu of a $35,000 bond and released at 6:35 in the morning. There were no charges yet.
Wilder's representative could not be contacted right away.