SmackDown announcer Pat McAfee has addressed the allegations levelled at WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, calling the situation “terrible.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Vince McMahon’s own company board is investigating a $3 million payment said to have been made by him to a former employee of the company in return for them signing a non-disclosure agreement. WWE has stressed that the alleged relationship between McMahon and the unnamed employee was consensual and that the Chairman is co-operating with the investigation.
The Journal’s report also revealed that the board’s investigation has unearthed older non-disclosure agreements around claims of misconduct made by other former female WWE employees that involve both Vince McMahon and the company’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis. It is currently unknown how many of these claims are being looked into, but payments made in relation to them are said to run into the millions of dollars.
Now SmackDown announcer and the man Vince McMahon defeated at WrestleMania 38, Pat McAfee, has discussed the allegations on his Pat McAfee Show:
“I don’t know, I know less than everybody else. I don’t know sh*t about f*ck, okay? I don’t know sh*t about f*ck over there. I go in, do my thing, say hello to everybody, I’m out. I’m in maybe the most awesome situation in the history of WWE for anybody. I’m a longtime fan, lifelong fan of the company, but I’m not a part of any of the anything, really. I’m part of no groups, I have no locker room when I go there. I literally just kind of bounce around, do my thing, and I’m out.”
“I’m going there tomorrow. I’m excited to hear the chatter. Now, obviously, what is being alleged is not fantastic at all, it’s terrible. There will be full investigations. I’m watching along with everybody else in the middle of Indianapolis but that came out of nowhere yesterday. What will happen? TBD. There’s going to be a lot of investigations.”
McAfee went on to describe the situation as “incredibly problematic” for all involved and voiced his opinion that the full truth surrounding the allegations may never be known.