WWE issued a statement this afternoon announcing that performer Lars Sullivan has been fined $100,000 for past racist and homophobic remarks made on an internet message board in the years before he was signed to a WWE contract. WWE’s statement reads:
“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.”
WWE has been aware of these comments for a long time and Sullivan apologized to management. Last week, Sullivan issued a public apology.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: Lars made these comments when he was younger, so I hope he has grown since then and has learned the error of his ways. A fine of $100,000 is no small number for someone who just made their main roster call up, so that had to impact his wallet a bit. Hopefully this will be the last time we hear about Lars making any sort of comments like this and this is really a lesson in what you say in your past will come to bite you in your future.