WWE DUIs: Sports Entertainment's Unfireable Offense

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2012

From Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
From Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Did you hear the one about the drunk dancer who bribed a cop (h/t TMZ) then lied to authorities (h/t PWTorch)?  No?  Because I'm sure she has the handprints from being slapped on the wrist by her employer to prove it. 

The latest, yet far from foreign, bout of a WWE performer getting liquored up and behind a wheel is on its way out of a busy news cycle that barely has time for such frivolous matters as drunk driving. 

Tough Enough viral victim (h/t YouTube) turned Brodus Clay Dancer Cameron was a brief fixture on TMZ when she was slapped with a DUI, but not before attempting to reportedly bribe the police officer in question with $10,000 (h/t TMZ).

The bribe was an apparent an act of desperation from an intoxicated entertainer doing everything in her power to make a serious crime disappear in order to prevent what she felt would be her imminent demise with the WWE. 

There would be no such demise since the WWE cares as much about drunk driving as they do TNA. 

Cameron has since been love tapped with a reported 15-day suspension (h/t WNZ) as her unwanted infamy swiftly begins to exit the headlines. 

This tale personifies what is becoming the WWE's most alarming yet condoned problem.  In fact, a handful of current performers under contract with the WWE have run into similar problems with similarly mild repercussions.  Otherwise, they probably wouldn't be very current, now would they?   

Linda McMahon opponents seem hell-bent on chastising questionable actions of WWE Superstars, Divas and Vince McMahon while in character.  Yet one of their biggest smoking guns against the culture of the WWE seems to be in the purse or pocket of a sports entertainer after a night out. 

Whether it be Alex Riley (h/t TMZ), Bo Rotunda (h/t Prowrestling.net), Santino Marella (h/t TMZ), Jimmy Uso (h/t TMZ), or the aforementioned Cameron, DUIs always seem to be an offense handled fast and loose among WWE officials.  The most harsh form of punishment comes in the form of an inside jab on commentary or during a promo. 

The WWE has shown more stringency concerning matters sensitive to politics (h/t Prowrestling.net) and petty love triangles (h/t B/R) than that of a misdemeanor that they seem to feel has been made less serious as a result of its commonality. 

Unfortunately, WWE's lax attitude towards driving under the influence will only change in the event that a superstar or diva is involved in a fatal car accident. 

By then, any punitive efforts will be nothing more than damage control. 

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