Lars Sullivan isn’t a well-liked wrestler at present since the WWE Universe has managed to unearth a number of homophobic and bigoted comments that the former NXT star made before he was signed to the company more than a decade ago.
Sullivan was reported to have made the comments between 2007 and 2013 with most of them coming to light back in November before Big E’s reaction to the most recent ones on Twitter has seen many of them draw the attention of WWE’s sponsors, which have forced them to act.
According to report by Forbes, WWE has fined Sullivan $100,000 and released the following statement via email.
“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.”
It is also reported that Sullivan will now be required to complete sensitivity training in the hopes that this will help when it comes to any comments he decides to share in the future.
This is a somewhat delayed reaction from WWE since fans have been pushing for the company to fine or punish the former NXT star for the past few weeks, but it’s a step in the right direction since it shows that there is no place for these kinds of comments.
Given the backlash that WWE faced throughout the Hulk Hogan racism controversy and the fact that they continue to travel to Saudi Arabia on a regular basis despite the way that the country is viewed by the rest of the world, this was the best course of action that WWE could take and now hopefully the issues surrounding “The Freak” will calm down online.