July 27, 2007
Congress asks for WWE drug test reports
Two U.S. congressmen have made a request to World Wrestling Entertainment to provide the records of the company's drug policy and practices.
Henry Waxman of California and Tom Davis of Virginia have made the request, according to ESPN.com
"The tragic deaths of World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Benoit and his family have raised questions about reports of widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by professional wrestlers," the congressmen wrote in a letter to WWE Corp.
"These allegations -- which include first-hand reports of steroid use by prominent former wrestlers -- have swirled around the WWE for over a decade. Investigations by journalists have described a culture of performance-enhancing drug use in professional wrestling, high fatality rates among young professional wrestlers, and an inability or unwillingness of WWE to address these problems."
The request is similar to the records request made by Congress of Major League Baseball.
The WWE responded on its corporate web site. "The media has provided us with a copy of a letter from the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. We are reviewing this letter and will respond accordingly."