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WWE Fines Lars Sullivan $100,000 For Controversial Comments, Required To Complete Sensitivity Training

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (May 14, 1977) – WWWF Championship Wrestling

On this day in 1977, the World Wide Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWWF Championship Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured matches & interviews featuring the 1977 WWWF Superstars

You can find the card below:

– George Steele vs. Frank Williams

– Ivan Putski vs. Sylvano Sousa & Jose Estrada

– Jan Sheridan vs. Kitty Adams

– WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs. Ted Adams

– Peter Maivia vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

– Ken Patera vs. SD Jones

• WWE Fines Lars Sullivan $100,000 For Controversial Comments, Required To Complete Sensitivity Training

As we noted earlier, WWE is receiving pressure from a sponsor due to controversial comments made by Lars Sullivan.

A Reddit user ‘Snitchboy’ emailed Mars Wrigley Confectionery (which is one of WWE’s sponsors) regarding the controversial comments Lars Sullivan made on a Bodybuilding forum back in the day.

Below is what the Reddit user wrote in the email:

“Dear Snickers, one of the companies you sponsor, the WWE is heavily featuring a wrestler by the name of Lars Sullivan (portrayed by Dylan Miley) who has made many internet comments praising mass shooters, espousing hatred and mocking black, mentally ill, and gay people. Does that represent Mars as a company? If so, I’ll have to choose a different snack brand that more identifies with American values.”

Mars Wrigley Confectionery replied the following:

“Dear Loyal Consumer,

Thank you for reaching out to Mars Wrigley Confectionery with your comments.

We learned of Lars Sullivan’s comments recently and share in your shock and disgust. As a values-based company, we find his behavior abhorrent and unacceptable. We have engaged the WWE to discuss this situation and seek to understand what actions they will take to swiftly address this matter.

We hope this information is helpful and wish you a great day!

Your Friends at Mars Wrigley Confectionery”

With that being said, WWE issued the following statement regarding the actions they’re taking against Lars Sullivan:

“WWE supports a culture of inclusion regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we are committed to embracing all individuals as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.

Dylan Miley (aka Lars Sullivan) will be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past. 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.”

Lars issued the following statement regarding his comments:

“There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”

        
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