AEW have released a statement regarding Jeff Hardy after his arrest last night. The AEW star was arrested by police after driving without a license and blowing over 3 times the limit on a breathalyser. Three officers drew their guns on the former WWE Champion who has since been released on bail.
Jeff Hardy had been due to team with his brother Matt Hardy on AEW Dynamite this. The pair were to team up to take on The Young Bucks and Jurassic Express in a ladder match for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
However, AEW have removed all mentions of that match from their advertising and now with Jeff Hardy suspended by AEW the match is likely to be cancelled, or at the least have The Hardy’s replaced with another team like FTR or Team Taz.
Tony Khan of AEW released a statement about Jeff Hardy and his recent spate of driving whilst under the influence. He condemned Hardy’s actions but vowed to work with him and help him with a stint in rehab. He revealed Jeff Hardy was released from bail and that he would be suspended without pay whilst he undergoes treatment for his alcohol addiction.
In the statement, Tony Khan said;
“We were able to resume contact with Jeff Hardy this afternoon,” Khan’s statement read. “AEW does not condone Jeff’s alleged behavior.“
“We’ve made it clear to Jeff that we’ll assist him in getting treatment for substance abuse issues, which he has indicated that he’s open to receiving.”
“In the interim, he is suspended without pay, and he can only return to AEW upon successfully completing treatment and maintaining his sobriety. If you or a loved one needs help, please reach out to SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).”
It is also expected that Jeff Hardy will be off this Saturday’s TripleMania XXX: Tijuana card as well, where he was scheduled to team with his brother against Dragon Lee and Dralistico. He will also almost certainly take no part in the AEW x NJPW pay per view Forbidden Door at the end of the month, although it was unlikely he would have a starring role in the card.
AEW chose not to release Jeff Hardy from his contract and instead sent him to rehab to get help. This is similar to what happened with Jimmy Havoc after some allegations against him came out, although he was later released by AEW.
It is unknown whether or not AEW will release Jeff Hardy, although at the time of writing he has not been fired for his actions.
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