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WWE criticizes "sensationalistic" reporting
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
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World Wrestling Entertainment, tired of having its name slagged through the mud following the double homicide-suicide involving Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son, Daniel, has gone on the offensive.

In an unsigned press release issued late Tuesday to the media and on its website, WWE claimed to be "stunned and saddened by the details released by local authorities concerning the double homicide-suicide."

It took the media to task for "sensationalistic reporting and speculation being undertaken by some members of the media" after the press conference held by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Here is the rest of the press release:

During the press conference, the investigating authorities made the following points, all of which run contrary to the media speculation that "roid rage" was a factor in the senseless murders and suicide:
  1. The authorities stated that all drugs found in the house were believed to be legal prescriptions.
  2. Steroids were not, and could not, be related to the cause of death (asphyxiation). Authorities had no factual basis to speculate as to Benoit’s state of mind, and rightly did not do so.
  3. Toxicology tests have not even been completed, so there is no current evidence that Benoit even had steroids or any other substance in his body. In that regard, on the last test done on Benoit by WWE's independently administered drug testing program, done on April 10, 2007, Benoit tested negative.
  4. The physical findings announced by authorities indicate deliberation, not rage. The wife's feet and hands were bound and she was asphyxiated, not beaten to death. By the account of the authorities, there were substantial periods of time between the death of the wife and the death of the son, again suggesting deliberate thought, not rage. The presence of a Bible by each is also not an act of rage.
  5. WWE strongly suggests that it is entirely wrong for speculators to suggest that steroids had anything to do with these senseless acts, especially when the authorities plainly stated there is no evidence that Benoit had steroids in his body, pending the toxicological reports, and that they had no evidence at this time as to the motive for these acts.
WWE is continuing to monitor the ongoing investigation being conducted by local authorities.