Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jack Swagger arrested

Jack... what are you doing, dude!? Via TMZ:

WWE star Jack Swagger was arrested last night in Mississippi, TMZ has learned -- after allegedly driving under the influence ... with pot in his car.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ, Swagger -- real name Jacob Hager -- was leaving a "Smackdown" taping at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi when he was pulled over for speeding.

According to law enforcement, the officer who pulled him over determined Swagger was driving under the influence -- and a search revealed Swagger was in possession of marijuana.

We're told Swagger -- a former WWE World Heavyweight champ -- was taken in by local sheriff's deputies ... and later released on his own recognizance.

He has been charged with DUI, marijuana possession, and speeding -- all misdemeanors.

We reached out to WWE, who tells TMZ, "Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions."

I'm not entirely up to date on my WWE procedures, but I think this counts as a violation of the Wellness Policy, which would see Swagger suspended for 30 days. Does WWE still have the ability to suspend pay but still make the guy work?

30 days would still have him back in time for WrestleMania, but I wouldn't be shocked if WWE made some adjustments. Even if they don't, Swagger's push was never going to be anything other than a triumphant moment for Alberto Del Rio, so it's not like this derails the next three-to-six months of programming. Hell, even if he's not on TV, Zeb Colter can do the talking throughout the suspension.

But this is probably bad news for Swagger in the long run, which is unfortunate given his considerable talents and the fact that he stuck with it though a really long dry spell, but this is not his finest hour. And it really seems to be a trend for guys to make these kind of massive mistakes right we're they're about to have the biggest moments of their careers.

The DUI is a really stupid decision, but it's a mistake that many average folks make on a daily basis and pot is harmless, so I don't think there's anything here for people to really freak out about in regards to Swagger's health, but I do sincerely hope he's okay. And if he is, then I just have to shake my head and repeat, "what are you doing, dude?!"

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