Guilty until proven innocent?
By Marty Carlson
Worldwide wrestling entertainment announcer Jerry Lawler was arrested this morning for domestic violence in Memphis Tennessee.
His girlfriend Lauryn McBride was also arrested as both claimed the other was the aggressor. They are both charged with misdemeanor domestic violence offenses.
McBride claims that the former wrestler is struck her in the head and pushed her up against some appliances while Lawler claims she had scratched his face and threw a candle at him and kicked him in the groin.
McBride also claimed that Lawler got in a loaded pistol, set it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself.
Jerry Lawler says McBride was drunk and that she is the one who had placed the pistol in the kitchen.
Both were booked for domestic assault causing bodily harm and were given a court date on June 20. The police report wasn’t immediately available.
The WWE has responded by suspending Jerry Lawler indefinitely. My guess is that this is part of his contract with WWE.
Part of the problem that I personally have with this is that were supposed to have a presumption of innocence in this country and when somebody is arrested even when it is misdemeanor charges like in this case, punitive actions are taken.
Don’t get me wrong I have no sympathy for domestic violence abusers but there are things like due process that should come into play in these things, but I’m sure that was part of his contract where he has a morals clause.