December 10, 2005
Luger held in Minneapolis jail
By PAUL TURENNE - Winnipeg Sun
Pro wrestler Lex Luger was locked up in a Minneapolis jail cell while he was supposed to be giving body slams and suplexes in Winnipeg Tuesday night.
Luger, whose real name is Lawrence Pfohl, remains in the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in Minnesota, where he was placed Tuesday after being denied access to Canada and then arrested at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport as he stepped off the plane.
Luger was arrested for allegedly breaching conditions of his probation and is being held without bail.
He has a court date scheduled for Dec. 22 in Minnesota and will at some point be extradited back to his home state of Georgia.
The Cobb County Sherriff's Office in Georgia issued the warrant for Luger's arrest after he allegedly violated a condition of his probation with respect to possession of illegal steroids, to which Luger pleaded guilty in February.
A spokeswoman for the sherriff's office did not say which probation condition Luger had allegedly breached.
The former WWF wrestling star was supposed to appear at two Action Wrestling Entertainment events at the University of Manitoba Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
He was denied access to Canada, though, after spending five hours at Winnipeg International Airport Tuesday morning.
AWE promoter Mike Davidson said he didn't find out about Luger's arrest until late Thursday night.
"The last time I spoke to Lex he was being ushered onto a plane by customs because of 'improper paperwork,' which is probably what they told him to keep him at ease until he got to Minneapolis," said Davidson.
Davidson had complained to the Winnipeg Sun earlier this week that the Canada Border Services Agency seemed to have wishy-washy rules about letting people in, since Luger had been here in October with no problem. But once Davidson found out the real reason, he was understanding.
"Naturally the frustration was with customs officials at first, but now it's with Lex Luger," he said.
"If he knew there was a warrant on him, the best thing he could do for us is call and say 'Hey, I'm not coming to Winnipeg.'"
Davidson said the incident would likely end AWE's relationship with Luger.
Luger and fellow wrestler Buff Bagwell were originally supposed to fly into Winnipeg Monday night but were pulled off a plane before takeoff in Minneapolis and had to spend the night there.
Davidson said the alleged incident -- involving the misinterpreted ribbing of a flight attendant -- was blown out of proportion.
One witness who was aboard the plane told the Sun yesterday that he didn't see the men make any kind of scene or act unruly.