Tuscaloosa police confirm that WBC heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was arrested Wednesday.
Officers conducting a traffic stop on Skyland and McFarland Boulevards say they smelled marijuana coming from a Cadillac Escalade driven by the boxer, according to a release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson said Wilder was pulled over for a tint violation. Officers searched the vehicle after receiving verbal consent and recovered a misdemeanor amount of the drug from the console.
Wilder was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and received a citation for a tint violation.
He was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Wilder's attorney, Paul Patterson , told The Tuscaloosa News that the marijuana in Wilder's vehicle didn't belong to him, and that someone had used his vehicle while he was out of town.
"Deontay has been out of state for several days," he told the newspaper Wednesday night. "He returned home today from Georgia driving his Rolls Royce and selected his Cadillac Escalade from his fleet of vehicles to run errands."
This is not Wilder's first brush with the law.
Back in 2013 in Las Vegas, during the fight weekend for Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero, Wilder was arrested for a felony count of domestic violence after getting in a physical altercation with a woman.
At the time, Wilder's attorney said the boxer overreacted after believing the woman was stealing from him.
“Deontay instinctively acted under the false impression that someone was stealing from him,” Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News. “That wasn't the case. He regrets his actions. He is extremely regretful because this is not consistent with his reputation. He and the victim have spoken about this and the victim has accepted his apology. We hope this matter will be brought to a resolution soon.”