WWE announced the following:
Jerry Lawler arrested, suspended
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jerry Lawler was arrested at his home Friday morning by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Memphis, Tenn.
According to a police report, Lawler and his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, were taken into custody and booked on alleged charges of domestic assault—bodily harm, a misdemeanor.
WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE announcer Jerry Lawler and his fiance Lauryn McBride were arrested on domestic assault charges this morning … and Lawler has been suspended indefinitely.
According to WREG.com, cops were called to the couple’s Memphis home Friday and were unable to determine which party was the aggressor.
McBride claimed that Lawler shoved and hit her in the head before going upstairs to get a handgun. She alleges he then put the weapon on the counter and said, “Go ahead and kill yourself.” Lawler claims that McBride was drunk and attacked him first, scratching and kicking him before throwing a candle at him. He also says that she got the gun from the garage and placed it on the counter.
WWE issued a statement saying, “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.”
The King already gave an interview to wmcactionnews5.com from jail and said, “It’s just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit and nobody was hurt. It’s just something that happened as a result of drinking too much.”
Listen to his entire explanation below.
WMC Action News 5 interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, who was arrested this morning with fiancee Lauryn McBride on domestic violence charges in Memphis. The interview was conducted while Lawler was in jail.
Lawler, 66, said that he had returned home from a wrestling event which was “ironically [titled] A Night At The Slammer.” He said that his fiancee McBride, 27, returned home a little later intoxicated from a friend’s house after watching Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
“We got into a little bit of a shouting match and then she wanted to leave,” Lawler said. “I was not going to let her leave in the car, because she was just not in any condition to drive. She got more and more upset, she called 9-1-1 and scratched my face in the process. The police came in and said that this was a domestic dispute and that they were ‘going to have to take both of you guys downtown’.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit and nobody was hurt. It’s just something that happened as a result of drinking too much,” Lawler said.
Lawler denied reports that he hit McBride in the head and pushed her against the stove. Lawler confirmed that he had an unloaded gun and McBride was threatening to kill herself. He said that she got the gun and threw it to him. He said that he might have put the gun on the counter, but he didn’t tell her to kill herself.
He said that he only has issues with McBride when she drinks, and said that she had an incident last week while she was intoxicated at the CMA Awards and got into a fist fight with her aunt.
“It’s an unfortunate situation as a result of somebody drinking too much. I’m saddened by it and hope we can get past this,” Lawler said.