Heavyweight Deontay Wilder claims he mistakenly thought he was being robbed before assaulting a woman at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas late Saturday night. Wilder was arrested on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation, a felony punishable by a fine and up to 20 years in prison under Nevada law.
Wilder’s attorney Paul Patterson issued a statement to Wilder’s hometown paper the Tuscaloosa News. “Deontay instinctively acted under the false impression that someone was stealing from him. 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.”