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Jerry Lawler Reinstated To WWE

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Jerry Lawler Reinstated To WWE

WWE color commentator and Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler, was reinstated to the WWE, after domestic assault charges were dismissed on Friday. Lawler, 66, and his fiance Lauryn McBride, 27, were both arrested on June 17th, 2016, after a heated argument turned physical.

According to the police report, on the night of June 17th, McBride had informed police that she and Lawler got into an argument at their home in East Memphis, alleging that Lawler held her against the kitchen counter, hitting her on the left side of her head, then pushing her against the stove.

She stated that after that, Lawler went upstairs and came back down with an unloaded pistol, putting it on the counter and telling her to kill herself.

Lawler informed police that the argument stemmed from her apparently lying to him over where she had been, and stated that she was the one who struck first, scratching his face, hitting him with a candle, and kicking him in the groin. Lawler alleged that McBride was intoxicated and claimed that it was McBride who had brought the gun into the kitchen, getting it out of the garage.

Lawler claimed that he was preventing her from leaving in her vehicle. Both were arrested after police couldn’t determine who was the aggressor. The arrest violated the WWE’s policies against domestic violence, which were added in 2014 to the Wellness Policy, which states:

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.

WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE. Section 9.13(a) of the WWE booking contract, commonly known as the “morals clause”, provides WWE with broad discretion and authority to act under such circumstances.”

Lawler’s suspension was upheld until Friday morning, when the charges against both parties were dropped. Lawler’s attorney, Ted Hansom, told The Commercial Appeal that the incident was “a big misunderstanding and won’t happen again. We are happy with the outcome.”

Later in the day, the WWE would announce on their website that Lawler was reinstated, saying:

“Jerry Lawler’s legal matter has been resolved and his suspension has been lifted, effective immediately.”

This was not Lawler’s first run-in with the law, as he was also arrested in 1999, during his run for the Mayoral seat of Memphis.

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