WBC Champion Whitaker Arrested Following All-Star Party
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ WBC welterweight champion Pernell Whitaker was arrested and briefly jailed early Saturday after scuffling with three off-duty officers during a party held for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.
Whitaker, 32, was booked on two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. He was released at about 8 a.m. on two bonds of $800 each. He came away from the ruckus with a swollen mouth.
Police department spokesman Al Ballew said Whitaker and several others were blocking an exit at an All-Star Weekend event at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Antonio when they were told to move along.
``The officers were trying to keep it (the exit) clear,″ Ballew said. ``I guess he just didn’t want to do it.″
Pushes led to shoves and eventually to jabs as Whitaker and officer Javier Salazar fell to the ground and began wrestling, Ballew said.
``He continued to resist arrest and finally was placed in handcuffs,″ Ballew said. ``Then several subjects began yelling who Whitaker was.″
Ballew said Salazar was transported to a local hospital after he reported feeling dizzy. He also was treated for a busted lower lip, then released, Ballew said.
Whitaker was the 33rd-highest paid athlete in the country last year, according to Forbes magazine.