Legendary wrestling star and long-time WWE commentator Jerry “The Ling” Lawler has been arrested on domestic assault charges, after a serious fight with his fiancee.
He has been immediately suspended from the WWE, due to the nature of the arrest:
Wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, best known for his feud with Andy Kaufman and long career as a featured announcer with WWE, was arrested Thursday night on domestic violence charges, according to the Associated Press.
Lawler, 66, and his 27-year-old fiancée Lauryn McBride were both taken into custody as each claimed the other committed physical assault. Lawler told Memphis police McBride “scratched his face and kicked him in the groin,” while McBride claims Lawler “hit her on the head and pushed her against a stove” following an argument at his home.
According to CBS WRED in Memphis, McBride further says Lawler “got an unloaded pistol, put it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself.” Lawler countered that statement by saying McBride, who he claims was intoxicated, brought the gun into the kitchen.
WWE acted swiftly to suspend Lawler, as it has other wrestlers in the recent past that have been involved in domestic violence incidents.
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” the company said in a statement.
Via CBS Sports
Prior to joining the WWE in 1992, he won 168 championships. Lawler is one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and a three-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion.
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