June 26, 2007
WWE criticizes "sensationalistic" reporting
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
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:
WWE is continuing to monitor the ongoing investigation being conducted by
- The authorities stated that all drugs found in the house were believed to
be legal prescriptions.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.