WWE wrestling icon Jerry “The King” Lawler has been suspended indefinitely from the organisation after him and his fiancee were arrested on domestic violence charges.
Lawler, 66, and Lauryn McBride, 27, were charged with domestic assault after an incident Thursday night at Lawler’s home in Memphis.
News of Lawler’s suspension came from USA Today.
Authorities said they responded to a 911 call at Lawler’s home. According to the police, when they arrived McBride told officers that she and Lawler, who have lived together for five years, got into an argument that turned violent.
McBride alleged that Lawler held her against the kitchen counter, hit her on the left side of her head and pushed her against the stove. She alleged that Lawler went upstairs and retrieved an unloaded pistol that he put on the kitchen counter and told her to “go ahead and kill yourself”.
Lawler responded by telling the police McBride argued over her lying about where she’d been when the argument turned violent.
Lawler was last arrested in 1999, when he ran for mayor of Memphis, after a police officer claimed he ran over her foot then argued over a parking ticket.
A far cry from moments likes this from the man the WWE christened ‘The King’…
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