Lars Sullivan Releases Statement on Controversial Comments
WWE Superstar Lars Sullivan has come under fire for inappropriate comments he made years ago on a Bodybuilding.com message board. Fellow WWE Superstar Big E responded to a social media post regarding those comments and they went viral with many fans angry, some of whom are shocked WWE isn’t doing more about it.
Big E wrote, “Many are aware. If true, he has to bear the albatross of being a bigot & working in a company that is now filled with minorities” and while it can be assumed Big E and Sullivan won’t be friends anytime soon (Big E has similar issues with Hulk Hogan), it sounds like they’ll continue to work together.
Even if WWE isn’t going to release him, knowing the heat he’s currently facing from fans and likely fellow Superstars, Sullivan did feel the need to respond and issued a statement to Wrestling Inc.:
“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.”
So Now What?
WWE is hoping this blows over. Other media outlets have reached out to WWE for comment and have been told they are aware of what Sullivan said years ago and believe he’s remorseful. They seem to be hoping this whole situation blows over.
Sullivan is currently working SmackDown live events on the WWE tour of Europe. He’s in the midst of a huge push by WWE and while the company has abandoned pushes in the past for less, it’s likely that they see a future in Sullivan and don’t want to throw away what they think he could become.
Meanwhile, Sullivan has a history of saying things on the Internet that don’t favorably represent WWE. If this sort of thing continues, one can only assume the rope he’s being given won’t be very long.
This also isn’t a good look for WWE who just recently pulled Lio Rush off of tv and live events because of speculation he broke some locker room etiquette rules and complained about his frustrations within the company, only to see Sullivan serve no discipline after making racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and hateful things.