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Lars Sullivan would have had difficulty finding job if he was fired by WWE

Lars Sullivan

Lars Sullivan said a lot of remarks of a racist and homophobic nature on a bodybuilding message board nearly a decade ago and that came back to haunt him as he has been fined $100,000 by WWE.

On Figure Four Daily, Lance Storm brought up an interesting point while discussing Lars Sullivan’s situation. He wondered who would even hire Sullivan if he were to be fired by WWE. It also let to the question of how long ago something needs to happen before “the statute of limitations for being an asshole” runs up.

“I didn’t read all of his comments and from what I understand they’re horrible. I don’t know whether he meant any of them or whether he was just an asshole troll in a previous life. I’ve met Lars. He was there when I went to the PC the last time and I liked him, I chatted with him, I got along with him, but it is funny the fact that an independent contractor could be fined for something that he did before he was even signed to be an independent contractor is crazy, but it’s also a case of if you want to work here we either fire you or you agree to a punishment and obviously he agreed to a punishment.”

“If all goes well for him moving forward he will eventually pay for this fine and make money, but it does open up that interesting can of worms. It was the same can of worms that came up with Hulk Hogan and other things. With Hogan it’s a little less because of his age, but like if WWE hardballed him and fired him it’s like well AEW can’t hire him now or they’ll look like crap. Impact can’t hire him because they’d look like crap. Ring Of Honor can’t because it’s like ‘well no way because WWE said we can’t tolerate it.’ It’s like is it fair to deny a guy a career for life because he was an internet troll?”

“Again, I didn’t read them so I don’t know how bad they were, but again it does raise an interesting question about statute of limitations about being an asshole and someone’s right to actually make a living it’s very interesting.”

Lance Storm failed to mention NJPW. The company most likely would have shown interest in Sullivan if he was released, as they don’t care as much about public controversy.

Sullivan hasn’t competed in a match on the main roster since his debut, but that match will be happening soon. He is being booked like a monster and perhaps he will have a good career in the WWE.

  • Soulshroude

    Not to mention Mel Gibson and his antisemitism.

  • Soulshroude

    At least the focus has been taken off of Hogan.

  • Keith Learmonth

    You definitely have good points. Indy feds still hire New Jack, despite him literally trying to kill opponents in the ring, though, so there is, indeed, some out there who don’t care how bad someone is.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Hell… Snitsky at least did things to earn himself the “Freak” title. He was far more entertaining in my book.

  • oppa

    I don’t see world champ written on him either. He’s a HHH guy that he would probably love to see replace Sheamus, but I can’t see people paying to cheer or boo him

  • oppa

    In the climate we live in, he may have trouble getting a job in wrestling, but coporate American would promote him in a heartbeat.

  • CC

    I would never excuse what Wahlberg did for sure, but its that age old thing of turning a blind eye to stuff they can get away with if the person is a money spinner.
    The problem with indy promotions taking on someone like Lars would be loss of tickets sales to ethnic groups. I mean if I was black or gay, and my local indy promotion put him on the card, I probably would not buy a ticket to that promotion anymore. And when your promotion probably only sells a few hundred or few thousand tickets, can you take the risk?

    Just look at how this situation has been dealt with by WWE, and other situations over the years too. While he is not a draw, WWE thinks he will be and is building him so when this cropped up, initially they did nothing. It was only after pressure from Mars that they did this fine as a token gesture. Now just for a second imagine it was someone like say Fandango or Eric Young. Do we think they would still be employed? We saw how they pulled the plug quickly on the likes of Rich Swann and Enzo (yes the allegations were more serious, but whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?). I will grant you that Enzo was the last straw with him, but Swann was made an example of because he was just a cruiserweight guy, not a top draw.

    We have seen in the past how not everyone is created equal in WWE’s eyes. Like how people get let go for failing wellness policies, and yet a repeat offender like Orton not only keeps his job but kept getting pushed.

    Lars at the moment is only a planned draw in WWE’s eyes. Elsewhere, he would be damaged goods, and only the real desperate indy promotions would hire him or the ones that could not care less how disgusting the human beings they hire are.

  • Keith Learmonth

    He’s currently in the process of facing legal actions for some of what he did, but I do get your point.

    All I know is that some indy company would probably be desperate enough for attention that they’d hire Lars.

    Or he could always get a job with Fox News.

  • Rinn13

    Two things:

    1. As someone of “mixed” heritage myself, I can promise you that white jocks are the only jocks (or people period) out there that make racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. jokes and comments.

    2. Why does anyone care about this guy? He’s the next Gene Snitsky (no offense to Gene). He has “Absolutely Nothing Special” written all over him. Just yet another tall, floppy big man that Vince/HHH are obsessed with.

  • CC

    Big difference is Mark Wahlberg is a guaranteed box office draw, and paid his time for it (plus he was only 17 at the time), so of course the studios turn a blind eye to this (no pun intended).
    With Sullivan, he is a nobody in the big scheme of things and will not help any promotion bring in any extra money, and could in fact lose them fans.

    If you want something more comparable, look at Kevin Spacey. A guy who did stuff as an grown adult, never paid for his sins and is now totally blackballed in Hollywood (and he was a box office marquee name).

  • Keith Learmonth

    I’m sure he could’ve gotten a job. Mark Wahlberg tried to literally kill a dude while yelling racial slurs, left the guy blind in one eye, and is one of the most well known movie stars in the world now.

  • gar216

    Part of me was wondering the same thing. My guess is that they will greatly inflate his earnings for a major show, then only pay him what he would have normally been paid.

  • Rajah

    Who’s to say he’s really been fined 100K? Could all be a ruse to attempt to keep the public happy and there is no fine.