Hopefully this beatdown wasn’t staged too. One of the Nigerian brothers that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly paid to fake a racist homophobic attack on him has won the Chicago Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament.
Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, who allegedly took $3,500 from Smollett to help stage the Jan. 29 incident, took home the “senior novice division” title Friday night following a technical knockout in the first round, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The division is for less-experienced boxers between 21 and 35 who weigh 178 pounds or less. Smollett allegedly hired Abel and his brother Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo to rough him up and put a noose around his neck in order to drum up sympathy for himself but instructed Abel “not hurt him too badly and give him a chance to appear to fight back,” according to a court filing in the case.
Police arrested the brothers on Feb. 13 but cut them loose two days later after interviewing them. Cops later charged Smollett with faking the incident, then suddenly dropped the charges.
Now the Chicago Police Department is suing him in civil court for refusing to reimburse the city for its $130,000 investigation into a hoax.