It’s a headline seen around the athletic world more than should be allowed…names interchangeable, of course.
“(Insert Name Here) Arrested for Speeding, DUI and Marijuana Possession”
This time, the name inserted belongs to the man known to the WWE Universe as Jack Swagger. Absent from the WWE for months and hoping a commanding comeback would sweep the not-so-impressive past under the rug to be forgotten…yes, that Jack Swagger.
What makes this story stand out from other WWE drug arrests is the WWE’s own response to Swagger’s arrest.
To date, there has been no punishment, hardly even an acknowledgment, of Swagger’s wrongdoing. This unresponsiveness and reluctance to address this matter is in direct contrast with the WWE’s own behaviors from the past.
Ask Rob Van Dam and Sabu how their simultaneously respective falls from grace were acknowledged. The losses of the WWE Championship title, the ECW Championship title and Van Dam’s suspension (without pay) were scripted and played out within a matter of days. Both men were suspended for thirty days.
This is not the first time this has happened. R-Truth’s 2011 failed drug test resulted in a delayed suspension due to his being scheduled as a main-eventer during the Survivor Series. He was suspended two days after the Survivor Series; precedent established.
Article 14 of the WWE Wellness Policy states: “Any WWE Talent, who is arrested, convicted or who admits to a violation of law relating to use, possession, purchase, sale or distribution of drugs will be in material breach of his/her contract with WWE and subject to immediate dismissal.”
WWE’s response to Swagger’s arrest for DUI and marijuana possession: “Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions.”
The question of why these wrestling superstars continue to commit these misdeeds is now answered.
For an organization that prides itself on its own wellness policy and establishing role models for the younger generation to follow, this answer is inexcusable.
Get with the program, WWE. Specifically, yours. This nonsense must end, and it must end now.