WWE’s resident “Freak” will have to pay up for his comments on social media. World Wrestling Entertainment has announced today that Lars Sullivan, real name Dylan Miley, will be fined $100,000 for his past comments and will be “required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past.”
You can find the full statement that WWE sent to Forbes here
The controversy began late last November, just before Sullivan’s push to the main roster. Dozens of comments made by Sullivan from 2007-2013, which had been published on Bodybuilding.com, were posted on Reddit.
They contained bigoted comments, targeting a number ethnic and racial groups.
While WWE was able to skirt past the comments at first, including a public apology by Sullivan, the comments continued to circulate online. Eventually more were uncovered, spurring comments from fellow WWE Superstars, fans, and sponsors.
WWE Superstars Big E and Kalisto would add their piece to the matter via social media, and recently big time WWE sponsor Mars Wrigley Confectionery also commented on the hateful statements. WWE clearly felt it was time to act.
WWE also noted that Sullivan would “WWE will also facilitate meetings for Dylan with community organizations to foster further discussion around the power of social media and the impact of your words.”
What will this do for Sullivan’s future? Who knows. At this time there has been no reports of Sullivan being taken off TV or his push being halted.
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