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Wrestler: WWE Fines Thousands For Marijuana Use

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Sherri Shepherd holds up the U.S. title belt after M.V.P. defeated Dolph Ziggler during a match at WWE SmackDown at Madison Square Garden on April 28, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by George Napolitano/Getty Images)
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Ryan MaloneyContributor IIDecember 28, 2009

Note: A few days ago, I told you I'd write about anything to get this blog up to 367 posts for the year.  That was five days ago.  I've had bronchitis.  I'm on a lot of drugs.  So now I really do need to blog about ANYTHING to reach the goal.  So here's this:

Long gone are the days when Rowdy Roddy Piper and the Iron Sheik could spend 20 minutes grappling in the squared-circle, snort a line of coke off the palm of their hand, take a swig of Jack, and drive onto the next town.  An abundance of bad press — stemming from an alarming number of early deaths for pro wrestlers—has caused Vince McMahon to make drastic changes to the way things are done in World Wrestling Entertainment.

During an appearance on the Opie & Anthony satellite radio program this week, WWE wrestler Alvin Burke, Jr., who wrestles under the name MVP, admitted that he used to smoke pot on a regular basis. But Burke claims he has been forced to quit the habit as the company now fines its wrestlers $2,500 the first time they test positive for marijuana.  Not only that, Burke says the fine increases for each additional positive test.

That may explain why Rob Van Dam went from WWE Champion to an exit from the company within a one-year span. Below is a video from one of Burke's previous appearances on Opie & Anthony .

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