According to multiple local news reports, including articles in the Southern Pines Pilot and Fayetteville Observer, Matt Hardy had multiple felony drug charges filed against him today based on the results of a search of his home this past Wednesday, September 14th. The search turned up 20 vials of anabolic steroids, one dose of MDMA/Ecstacy and $1,961 in cash.
Hardy has been charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance (the steroids), possession of schedule I controlled substance (the Ecstasy), maintaining a place to keep controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. All charges except for the last one (a misdemeanor) are felonies.
Hardy will appear in court on next Thursday, September 29. You can see the court calendar entry for the misdemeanor here and for the felonies here (as usual, you may need to refresh the page for the calendar entry to show up).
At the moment, it's not clear what led to the search. If I had to guess, I'd say that maybe the blood test from his DWI in Moore County a month ago showed an illegal drug in his system. It's also not clear if he was arrested Wednesday or today.
One would think that this may have influenced his decision to go to rehab, and some people are now questioning his sincerity now that these charges have come to light. I'm going halfway: I think that yes, these new charges could've influenced his decision for a variety of different reasons (feeling he's hit bottom, thinking that it would benefit him in the court cases, etc.), but I do think he is sincere in saying he's realized he needs help and will get it.
Like I said yesterday, for starters, he is a terrible, horrible actor, but he came off completely sincere in his video announcement about his plans to go to rehab, especially when he broke down crying in the middle. Plus, in the past, he had not come close to even humoring anyone who thought he needed help. He was running around ranting about being framed in his DW/UI charges, how he was in great shape, etc.
It also seems like he has a realistic attitude about his prospects after getting out of rehab: He's planning on opening a wrestling school. He knows that he has to prove himself to get a job with WWE or TNA Impact Wrestling, whether it's as an active wrestler or not (and given his injuries and drug problems, "not" is preferable).
There are precedents here. Joey Mercury had severe drug problems in WWE, went through rehab, came back and then relapsed after an injury, leading to his dismissal. Eventually, he cleaned himself up and got re-hired. When his on-air role was dropped, he got a steady gig as a trainer for their Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory.
Anyway, sometimes, legal trouble is just what it takes for an addict to wake up and realize that (s)he needs help. Regardless of what the reasoning for his decision may be, Matt Hardy is still going to rehab for three months.
A lot can happen during that time. William Regal was resistant to treatment when WWE demanded that he go to rehab for a similarly long stay in 1998, but eventually realized that drugs and alcohol were destroying his life and came out of the program sober.
Let's just be thankful that Hardy didn't hurt anyone else during his DW/UIs and is going to rehab regardless of what his motivations are.
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