World Wrestling Entertainment issued the following statement this afternoon about Lars Sullivan paying a hefty fine for past inappropriate comments on internet message boards.
WWE supports a culture of inclusion regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we are committed to embracing all individuals as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Dylan Miley (aka Lars Sullivan) will be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past. WWE will also facilitate meetings for Dylan with community organizations to foster further discussion around the power of social media and the impact of your words.
The reason for WWE taking action against Sullivan is due to a thread on Reddit where users mentioned past comments Sullivan made that were racist and homophobic among other things. Those comments were made before he was in WWE.
Last week, Sullivan issued this statement to WrestlingInc about his past behavior: “There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”
There’s no word on if Sullivan will be removed from WWE television while he undergoes sensitivity training. We will find out if he’s on Smackdown tonight. It’s possible that he’ll remain on TV and will undergo the sensitivity training on his own time.