The passing of the Ultimate Warrior this week has been widely covered by the media but today the 'Nancy Grace' show has caused outrage with their coverage.
In discussing the recent demise of the WWE star, the host seemed to imply that the death of another WWE legend, Owen Hart, back in 1999 was in some way related to steroid abuse.
In the segment, which can be viewed via this link, Grace was is in discussion with former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page when she made the following comment:
"So many wrestlers dead, now accusations of steroids and illegal drugs swirling. Take a look at wrestlers died young."
The show then showed a list of 'wrestlers who died young' as Grace discusses the long-term effects of a life of steroid abuse.
As she does so, the name of Owen Hart scrolls up the screen. And while she did not outrightly link the star to steroid and drug use it was certainly unfortunate timing as anyone without prior knowledge of Hart's death would have simply associated him with the issue.
Hart died in 1999, aged 33, after falling to his death during an elaborate ring entrance, with an equipment malfunction cited as the main issue.
And the unfortunate error by the show has led to the wrestling community demanding an apology.
Leading the calls has been WWE legend Mick Foley, who took to Twitter to demand a retraction from Nancy Grace:
"We all make mistakes @NancyGraceHLN. Please admit you made one regarding the death #OwenHart. You have caused his family great pain," he posted to the site Thursday.
Irregardless of the obvious error regarding Owen Hart, as yet there is still no evidence linking the death of the Ultimate Warrior to steroid abuse so the whole segment deserves scrutiny.
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