WICHITA - Former heavyweight boxing cham- pion Tommy Morrison remains in a Kansas jail on $50,000 bail on drug charges, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office said Friday. Morrison, 42, made an initial appearance in court Thursday on two charges - possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, a felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, said Georgia Cole, Communications Director for the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.
The former Jay man was charged April 27, court records show. Morrison was extradited back to Kansas from Tennessee this week, Cole said. She said the previous conviction stems from a 2005 South Dakota drug conviction.
"Details of charges remain confidential until a preliminary hearing," Cole said.
Morrison's preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 29, she said.
The Wichita Eagle reported Morrison's financial affidavit states he is married and lives in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and that he has no savings or property. On a court document, on the line asking for his occupation, he wrote "athelete," the newspaper reported.
Morrison started his boxing career in "toughman" con- tests in Jay and fought his way to the top in 1993 by defeating George Foreman for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title. He also went on to star in "Rocky V" and made several television appearances.
In 1996 it was reported Morrison was HIV-positive, the virus that causes AIDS. Morrison has publicly stated that he doesn't believe HIV exists.
Morrison has been convicted numerous times for alcohol, assault, drug, and weapons violations, including spending 14 months in an Arkansas prison, according to published reports.
As he spoke briefly with District Judge Warren Wilbert on Thursday afternoon, Morrison seemed somewhat confused, asking, "We're in Kansas, aren't we?"
On Wednesday, Sedgwick County deputies, armed with a warrant, used the office's aircraft to bring Morrison from Tennessee to face the charges in Kansas.
"We picked him up without incident," said sheriff's Capt. Greg Pollock.