Earlier today it was revealed that Jerry 'The King' Lawler had been arrested after a domestic incident at his home in Memphis, Tennessee involving his fiancee Lauryn McBride.
Initial reports noted an argument that had escalated to the point where a firearm had been produced by McBride and, according to her account of events, Lawler had become physical and told her to kill herself. The WWE responded to the arrest by suspending the WWE legend indefinitely, as per their zero-tolerance domestic violence arrest policy.
Now, in a rather unusual turn of events, Lawler himself has offered his own account of events in a phone call from jail with local news channel WMC Action News 5.
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Asked by the reporter to explain just what led to him finding himself in a jail cell overnight, the SmackDown color commentator said:
"I came home, I got home around 9.30 and my girlfriend Lauryn had gone to some friend's house...and apparently over-indulged in drinking and got home about 10 o'clock.
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"She was intoxicated and...it was just a (inaudible) situation. Sometimes when she over drinks we get involved in a little bit of a shouting match,and then she wanted to leave.
"And I wasn't going to let her leave in the car because she was just not in any condition to drive. She got more and more upset."
This version of events lines up somewhat with an earlier report from WFSB which claimed McBride became frustrated after Lawler wouldn't allow her to leave the house:
"She called 911, scratched my face in the process," Lawler continued. "The police came out and they said, 'it's a domestic dispute, we're going to have to take both you guys downtown.
"It was just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit. Nobody was hurt. It was just something that happened as a result of drinking too much."
Speaking from Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex jail, Lawler went on to address claims that a gun had been involved in the incident, and that he had told his partner to kill herself during the argument:
"The unloaded gun...she (Laurynn) was threatening to kill herself. But there was an unloaded gun and all she did was actually pick it up and throw it.
"I put the gun on the counter but no, I didn't say 'go ahead and kill yourself'."
It is unclear at this stage what will happen from here, but Lawler is clearly confident enough in his innocence to be conducting interviews from jail.
Whether the WWE are willing to lift the suspension should nothing further come of the early morning drama, remains to be seen.
Lawler signed off the call sounding hopeful that everything would be resolved:
"It is an unfortunate situation as a result of somebody drinking too much and I'm saddened by it and hopefully we can get past this."
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