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Boxer Gervonta Davis made headlines this weekend but it wasn’t for a tussle or knockout he had in the boxing ring. Instead, it was over an aggressive encounter he had with the mother of his child, Andretta Smothers, known as Dretta Star. In a video that went viral on social media, Davis is seen approaching her at a charity basketball game in Miami, FL and grabbing her but the collar of her shirt and walking her out of a venue.
According to TMZ, witnesses said that the two had a screaming match and ended getting physical with each other. Despite reports of there being a physical altercation, the WBA lightweight claims he kept his hands to himself. The Baltimore native took to Instagram to tell his side and said he did not and never has put his hands on Smothers.
“I never once hit her,” the 25-year-old wrote on his IG story. “Yeah I was aggressive and told her come on. That’s the mother of my child. I would never hurt her.”
No one was arrested and the two were escorted out of the venue after the incident. Smothers has remained quiet about the incident. Davis and Smothers share a daughter, Gervanni Davis.
Davis has gotten in trouble for throwing jabs outside of the boxing ring before. In 2017, he was arrested for punching his childhood friend and charged with misdemeanor second-degree assault. That charge was dropped after his friend decided not to pursue the case. That same year, he had a physical altercation with a man in a mall in Virginia. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of assault but the charge was dismissed days later. In 2018, he arrested again after another physical altercation with a man in Washington, D.C and was arrested for disorderly conduct.