You probably know by now that Matt Hardy was fired by TNA Impact Wrestling on Saturday for being arrested for driving while impaired earlier in the day. As T.W. noted yesterday evening, Hardy posted the following in the comments of a video on his YouTube channel:
"I took a breathalyzer immediately on the spot and it read clean, zero, nothing. Think about peeps! There's more to this story than meets the eye. MATTHEW"
He followed it up with another, longer comment that he quickly deleted. It doesn't look like anyone saved it in time, as I haven't seen it anywhere as of yet. Going by his YouTube channel's "Recent Activity" log, he deleted the breathalyzer comment later on, as well.
As for his claim, it's not a surprising spin, but it's easy to point out that a negative breathalyzer test doesn't absolve him of guilt. A breathalyzer test only shows your blood alcohol level; it can't find traces of other drugs that could impair him. Hardy could have easily taken a number of drugs that would severely impair him. That's what the blood test he took was for.
The Fayetteville Observer story about the arrest confirms Hardy's account of the breathalyzer test, as well as my interpretation of it. According to arresting North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper B.J. Smith, Hardy hadn't been drinking alcohol but, in the words of the reporter, Hardy "appeared to have taken some type of impairing substance."
The article in the Fayetteville Observer also revealed some other new information. The car accident that led to the arrest occurred at 12:46 PM, half a mile outside of the town of Vass, which is about 15 to 20 minutes from Hardy's home in the town of Cameron. Hardy was travelling south (away from his home) in his 2009 Chevrolet Corvette at more than 55 but less than 70 miles per hour when the car ran off the road and hit a tree, as well as a highway drainage pipe.
TMZ posted his mugshot earlier today, but since it was heavily watermarked, I obtained the original from the Moore County Sheriff's Department:
Do you think Matt Hardy looks too impaired to drive in his mugshot?
I'm not exaggerating when I say that my first thought upon opening the email with the untouched photo was "Matt Hardy looks like a corpse." Yes, he just crashed his car, but according to the arresting North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper, Hardy didn't suffer any injuries. This is how far gone he is. To quote the TMZ post: "The results [of Hardy's blood test] are pending...but judging by the photo...he's totally F'd."
Meanwhile, Hardy added this comment about the accident to his YouTube account later yesterday:
"When the side windows glass smashed into my face, arms, & neck, some of the blood that did felt almost angelic. I went from being afraid to die to feeling like I was almost being reborn with some sort of an ABSOLUTE PURE LIFE-FORCE. It was the most amazing thing I've every experience, I felt like I'd just received the blood of an angel flowing inside me-I know this sounds crazy! Due to these, I only have urges to help people. And miraculously, all my vices are gone.
That's an interesting sentence that he chose to end the post with, especially since it seemingly contradicts the implication he made with the breathalyzer comment. He may have meant different vices, as James Caldwell has reported at PWTorch.com that "[The arrest] points to a larger issue, which is Hardy refusing rehab, according to Hardy's colleagues. People close to Hardy believe Hardy will not change his stance even after the crash."
As for the rest, I'm not sure what to think other than that it's pretty out there, especially since the arresting Trooper said that Hardy wasn't injured.
According to the North Carolina Court System calendar (the link may not work on the first try so you might have to refresh) Matt Hardy will be arraigned on September 28th in Moore County Impaired Driving Court, on charges of driving while impaired and exceeding safe speed.