WWE Legend Jim Ross Speaks Out On Brock Lesnar Wellness Policy Exemption
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is pretty outspoken on his blog, so it was only a matter of time before the legendary announcer said something about this whole Brock Lesnar Wellness Policy exemption mess.
However, in a bit of a surprising twist, Ross somewhat defends Lesnar by comparing him to others in the industry who took PEDs out of the narcissistic belief that it was what was expected of them. “Talent’s don’t need [performance-enhancing drugs] but the narcissistic nature of many pro wrestlers always will rear its ugly head when it comes to how they look and the short cuts some talents take to achieve an unnatural appearance,” Ross writes in his blog post. You can check out his full statement on the Wellness Policy exemption WWE affords part-timers like Brock Lesnar below:
WWE Wellness Policy being applicable to full time talents only. I have no issues with this philosophy as it is daunting to test part timers who are not in the every day rotation of the roster. WWE’s drug testing program is by far the best within the genre and it strikes me odd that other company’s [sic] who either rarely test their talents or don’t do it all are seldom questioned on this matter simply because “they can’t afford it.”
Wouldn’t the wellness of one’s athletes be a vital part of doing business?
Many critics of this matter have no idea what Lesnar’s contact states nor the full understanding of the Wellness Policy in general. Please do not construe this as me eluding to the fact that I enough PED usage even in an entertainment entity. I don’t. Talents don’t need them but the narcissistic nature of many pro wrestlers always will rear its ugly head when it comes to how they look and the short cuts some talents take to achieve an unnatural appearance.
If nothing else, Ross is giving Lesnar a fair shake. Hell, he’s giving WWE a fair shake in all this as well, with the rationalization that they aren’t capable of ambush testing the way USADA is. If part-timers aren’t around, it’s simply hard to test them. Still, you’d think concern for the overall wellness of their athletes would compel them to find a way to test even the part-timers. But I guess that requires the initiative on WWE’s part to do so. And risking having to suspend a draw like Lesnar probably isn’t worth it, when compared to the amount of money they could be making with the guy. It’s a crummy situation, but I guess that’s the entertainment business.
But what do you think of what Ross has to say? Sound off in the comments!
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