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Davey Boy Smith to enter drug rehab
By MIKE D'AMOUR -- Calgary Sun

 Wrestling superstar Davey Boy Smith said he has no drug problem, yet agreed to check into a rehab program as part of his deal to get out of jail yesterday.

 "He's not admitting he has problems with drugs, but will (enter a drug rehab program) to satisfy the Crown prosecutor's terms for his release," Smith's lawyer, Jim Lutz, said outside provincial court.
IN HIS CORNER ... Davey Boy Smith leaves the Remand Centre with his sister-in-law, Andrea Hart. -- Darren Makowichuk, Calgary Sun


 Smith, known to his millions of fans as the British Bulldog, spent the weekend behind bars in Calgary's Remand Centre after being charged with allegedly telling his estranged wife, Diana Hart-Smith -- sister of another wrestling superstar, Bret (The Hitman) Hart -- he would kill her.

 Police allege Diana's massively-muscled 38-year-old husband first uttered the threats to kill her and her sister, Elizabeth Niedhart -- wife of pro-wrestler Jim (The Anvil) Niedhart -- Wednesday night.

 Police said Smith made a similar threat to Diana on Thursday and he was arrested the same day.

 Smith admitted in the past he was addicted to painkillers, a dependency brought on by back problems and had spent some time in an Atlanta rehab clinic.

 After languishing in the pokey for the weekend signing autographs for other inmates, Smith appeared yesterday in Calgary's domestic abuse court where Judge Bill Pepler granted him bail on five counts of uttering threats to kill.

 Smith, shackled at the legs, sat quietly in the prisoner's dock with his hands folded in front of him.

 The judge released him on the following conditions: He must pay $2,000 cash for each charge or a $20,000 surety.

 He is to have absolutely no contact with his wife, sister-in-law or two others named by the court.

 He is not allowed to drink alcohol or take non-prescription drugs.

 Smith must also enter an addiction treatment program within 48 hours of his release, either in Alberta or in the U.S., where his lawyer said he is soon planning to visit.

 Smith is also barred from going near five residences, including that of his wife and Stu Hart, father of Bret.

 Smith will make his next court appearance Nov. 8.

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