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Wrestlers need help in battle with drugs


By BRET 'THE HITMAN' HART -- Calgary Sun

 There's no word from the Doc on when I can wrestle again.

 That's frustrating enough, but it really bothered me when I couldn't wrestle at the WCW show in Winnipeg.

 I flew there just so I could explain to the fans who have waited so long for me to wrestle again in Winnipeg, that if there was any way I could, I would. But my concussion is serious enough that there was just no way. They gave me a standing ovation.

 It was emotional for them and for me.

 Even just being on the plane gave me Excedrin Headache 2000 and I was looking forward to coming home to some quiet, but instead when I got here I read Rick Bell's article where my brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, admitted that he has drug dependancy problems.

 First and foremost, I'm relieved that Davey is making another attempt at rehab and I truly hope he's successful.

 Lately, I've had a bad feeling that Davey was on a reckless road to hell and regardless of our differences, I would like to see him get whatever help he needs to clean himself up and be healthy.

 That Davey has drug problems is not a revelation to anyone who knows him and it's something that Davey has now openly admitted.

 People have tried to help Davey before but Vince McMahon was not one of them, as far as I know.

 Now from what I hear, McMahon is paying for Davey's rehab.

 Since he could have helped Davey years ago but didn't, it begs the question: Why not?

 Why now?

 On the surface, McMahon's actions appear to be commendable but, in my opinion, that in itself is the sole motivation behind McMahon's apparent sudden bout of charitable conscience.

 Helping Davey is a transparent case of helping himself, through damage control, image enhancement and manipulation.

  I can't go into the specific details right now and that in itself should tell you what I'm referring to.

  Wrestlers have died because of drug dependency. Why didn't McMahon help them?

 I suppose he could argue that it isn't his responsibility to rehab wrestlers and there's the question of whether it's fair to the other wrestlers with drug problems who McMahon isn't helping but I'm not here to debate any of that.

 My entire point is to ask you to think about why Davey and why now.

 McMahon is free to prove me wrong by instituting a new WWF policy to rehab any wrestler with a drug problem, even when it doesn't serve his political agenda any more.

 I'd be the first one to applaud it.

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