Parker’s Brother Detained Over Separate Incidents
Two days after a resounding victory over Alex Leapai, Joseph Parker would have to deal with an issue surrounding his brother.
Parker’s younger brother, John was taken off a Los Angeles bound flight on Monday evening following an alleged assault at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Per Boxing Scene, Parker would be forced off the Los Angeles bound plane due to a ticketing issue, causing another alleged incident, and per the report, Parker got into an altercation with a member of his brother’s management team the day before.
“I can confirm that my brother John has been detained in the United States following an incident that occurred on his way home to New Zealand,” Joseph Parker said in a statement released through his management team’s press office. “I can’t comment on the details of this matter – other than to say that the Parker family’s prayers are with John and anyone who has been affected.”
The younger Parker fought pro only three times, all on cards that featured his older brother, including his controversial 2016 WBO world heavyweight title win against Andy Ruiz Jr.
He would have to retire following a May 2017 win over Ratu Dawai, as a brain bleed would be discovered, forcing him to walk away from the sport.
Parker also is suffering from mental health issues, which could be a contributing cause to his most recent issues in Chicago.
“It’s become apparent that John has been dealing with some mental health issues that seem to have contributed to the issue,” David Higgins, Parker’s co-manager stated, although himself not fully aware of the incidents. “Obviously, I sympathize with those involved and we’re looking to provide all the support we can.
“The matter is in the hands of the U.S. authorities. I sincerely hope John is receiving the care he requires and offer my heartfelt sympathies and best wishes to everyone who has been affected. It is not appropriate for me to make any further comment on this matter.”
Report: Boxing Scene