Jerry Lawler arrested and suspended by WWE after gun incident

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In suspending and then releasing Adam Rose recently, the WWE showed that they will not tolerate anyone under their employment involved in any instances of domestic violence. 

And today the biggest wrestling promotion in the world has shown that their zero-tolerance policy extends to legends of the organisation after Jerry Lawler was arrested on domestic violence charges.

As per an official statement from the WWE, the SmackDown commentator has been "suspended indefinitely following his arrest."


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The reason for Lawler's suspension relates to allegations regarding an incident with his fiancée Lauryn McGride at their home in Memphis, Tennessee at around 1.am on Friday morning.

Per a report from WFSB, both McGride, 27, and Lawler were arrested after an argument that escalated and ended with a firearm being produced. 

The report added further details on the situation which is believed to have begun when Lawler questioned McGride about her recent whereabouts. As you can see, both parties had very different versions of events:

"(McGride) said Lawler held her against the kitchen counter, hit her in the head, pushed her against the stove, put a gun on the kitchen counter, and told her to "go ahead and kill yourself," it reads.

"...Lawler said McBride scratched him in the face, threw a candle at him, and kicked him in the groin. He said she was drunk when she told him she knew where the gun was and threatened to kill herself."

Apparently Memphis police were unable to determine exactly who was the aggressor in the situation and, thus, arrested both McGride and the 66-year-old Lawler.

WREG 3 news Channel provided a mug shot of both the WWE legend and his partner: 

With the situation ongoing it remains to be seen what happens to Lawler both in terms of legal proceedings and his future in the WWE.

The veteran of the business has been part of the WWE on and off for over two decades - in roles ranging from announcer to wrestler and PPV commentator - and remains a prominent figure in his role as a colour commentator on SmackDown.

Regardless of his strong ties to the WWE, however, if Lawler is found to have been in the wrong in this incident he might well have called his last event for the company.

As noted above, the WWE has worked hard to improve its image when it comes to dealing with domestic violence and they have been credited for taking a zero-tolerance stance when dealing with offenders.

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