Thursday, September 29, 2011

Over the Limit

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

I'm going to try to write this without sounding like a "holier than thou" fan, but I make no promises.  Yet another wrestling star has been arrested for DUI.  It seems like this has been quite a trend lately.  The latest arrest: WWE tag team wrestler Jimmy Uso.

The son of Rikishi was picked up in Tampa early Thursday morning.  According to the popular website, TMZ, Uso was more than twice the legal limit in Florida.  He was also allegedly driving the wrong way on a one way road.

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This news is disappointing, but not surprising.  Just thinking of the top of my head, in the last four or five months, at least four wrestlers have been busted for driving under the influence.  Alex Riley, Kurt Angle, and Matt Hardy all have mug shots floating out there after their DUI arrests.

Some may look at this as no big deal. And I'm certainly not here to point the finger of blame on wrestling, as I know people from all professions and walks of life make the bad decision of driving while intoxicated. But drinking and driving (or texting and driving for that matter) can have serious consquences.  Lucky for Jimmy, he was not involved in a crash (notice I didn't say accident).  Innocent lives could have been lost as a result of his careless.  Same goes for Kurt, Alex, and Matt for that matter. And in Matt's case, he actually did crash.  He's lucky he wasn't seriously hurt or killed.  He was just fired.

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But Matt is obviously working on other demons in addition to the DUI problems.  Do Alex Riley and Jimmy Uso have demons too?  I don't know.  I'd be curious to know how the WWE handles DUI situations.  They've made the public well aware of their wellness policy regarding substance abuse.  I wonder if they have some sort of plan in place for drunk and impaired driving cases.

Again, I'm not making Jimmy Uso or any of the others who have been busted for DUI out to be bad guys.  Nor do I think they should be arrested.  But I do think they need to start making better choices.  Superstars who haven't been caught yet, take warning too.  There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel drunk or high.  Call a cab.  Call a friend.  Just don't get behind the wheel.  Wow, that felt like one of those old WWF magazine "Say No To Drug" ads.

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