I'm going to start this and say that I am a bit biased towards Jeff Hardy. I've never thought much of him in the ring although I think he's had good matches. Just wanted to get that out of the way.
On January 4, Monday night live iMPACT, the one that was supposed to be full of surprises one thing stuck in my mind. It's the fact that Jeff Hardy is working for a nationally televised wrestling organization. I understand he's a "name" talent and probably one of the most over workers of the past few years.
However, that does not excuse the fact that he is a known drug addict with a history of not showing at events and being sent to rehab. Not only that, but he's currently facing some serious drug charges that could result in prison time. Why would TNA choose to bring him in?
On January 4, the day he debuted for TNA, Jeff Hardy was indicted on these following drug charges:
*Felony possession of cocaine.
*Felony drug trafficking of opium
*Felony possession with intent to redistribute a Schedule III drug (two counts).
*Maintaining a dwelling for drug use and/or distribution.
*Possession of drug paraphernalia. (misdemeanor)
If the drug charges don't go his way, then TNA has to face the backlash that comes from employing someone like that. It doesn't do them any good with sponsors and when they're trying to be equal to the WWE, it's just not good news all around.
I'm sure that a clean and sober Hardy could put on some good matches with the talent inside the TNA ring. And I guess I wouldn't mind seeing him lock up with AJ Styles personally. But what does it say about the man who can go back on TV with a smile with so much garbage clouding his personal life.
I doubt he needs the money unless his drug habits are really that bad. Perhaps lawyer fees could pile up, but it made me feel really uncomfortable seeing him on TNA programming. Not to mention the sick feeling I get from so many people cheering for him.
Yes, I understand that we live in a culture where drug use has become almost celebrated, but think about that for a second. Do you really want children who watch TNA wrestling getting the idea that it's not only cool to do drugs, but then you're rewarded with a paycheck and the ability to do something you love? Something that is a privilege by the way, not a right.
I'm sure I've come off as a bit of an elitist in this article as my personal beliefs do not agree with what Mr. Hardy does behind closed doors. But there is a point where what you do behind closed doors is quite out in the open when you're a public figure, especially someone who could be portrayed as a role model to young wrestling fans.
The portion of iMPACT last night during which young teenage girls approached Jeff Hardy like girls would flock to the Beatles or Backstreet Boys was simply disgusting.
The WWE made light of this during Hardy's last run with the company as he was involved in a program with the straight edge CM Punk. I just don't think that drugs should be fodder for storyline in a day and age when so many wrestlers are dying young after years of alcohol and drug abuse.
Agree with me or not, that's fine. I just don't think Jeff Hardy should be in a wrestling ring on television and pay-per-view until he is cleaned up and not facing criminal charges.