Something is going on with Adrien Broner, because the recent actions of the 28-year-old boxer reflect a man in turmoil. Over the weekend, he was involved in a violent and disturbing altercation on the Las Vegas trip, and now it appears he needs assistance that he hasn't gotten up until this point.
In a multi-post message from his Instagram page, Broner lamented the mistakes he'd made in his personal life, while also alluding to a lack of support from people he believed he could trust.
It was tremendously depressing to see Broner resort to making a public cry for help on social media, and perhaps a good reminder that money and fame can't necessarily buy you happiness. He continued on, asking anyone and everyone if they'd take a moment to talk to him about whatever personal demons he was battling.
This also isn't the first time Broner has resorted to sharing his inner turmoil with the public. In late 2016, he went on a similar rant from his Instagram page, hinting that he may commit suicide. It escalated to the point that police had to check in with the former four-weight world champion and make sure he wasn't a threat to himself, eventually confirming he was going to be okay.
Broner isn't going to dodge trouble for the Vegas incident because of this, but now that we have multiple disturbing incidents on record, it's hard not to wonder if he's experiencing symptoms of CTE, the degenerative disease made famous by its presence in the brains of football players. Considering the amount of head trauma Broner has taken in his career as a boxer, it's not too big a stretch to think he's dealing with something bigger than just a few tough nights in Vegas.
Maybe this latest incident will inspire Floyd Mayweather, an on-and-off supporter of Broner, to step in and help his little boxing brother. But even if Broner does get help, there's no telling if that will help him ward off his personal demons, because as this past weekend showed, his emotions are on a hair trigger. Whatever he needs, let's hope Broner gets it, for the safety of himself and others.