Professional athletes sometime find themselves mixed up with the law for the dumbest reasons, and this one isn’t any different. An arrest warrant has been issued in Ohio for former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. The charge? Stiffing a cab driver of a $25 fare, then failing to appear in court to settle the matter. Details courtesy of Radar Online:
Pavlik was reportedly out drinking at Billy’s Bar in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, when he called a cab to take him home around 3 a.m.
After failing to pay the taxi driver, the cabbie called 911 and reported the missing $25 fare to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. Pavlik reportedly got out of the cab and cursed at the driver saying, “I’m not paying. You go f**k yourself.”
Pavlik has struggled with alcohol addiction throughout his boxing career, so the more troubling issue here is probably his drinking more so than him skipping out on a $25 fare. Honestly, it’s pretty embarrassing that police even showed up over $25. The driver was indeed owed the money, but if Pavlik wasn’t a celebrity there’s no way the cabbie calls the cops of a fare that small.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) retired from boxing earlier this year, so hopefully he finds a way to get his life back in order.
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