Lars Sullivan's old messaging board comments surface, cost him $100K.
WWE superstar Lars Sullivan, real name Dylan Miley, has reportedly been fined $100,000 and required to undergo sensitivity training after it was discovered he made numerous controversial comments on a Bodybuilding.com messaging board between 2007 and about 2013.
The old posts - in which Sullivan made insensitive remarks about African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, women and homosexuals - surfaced on Reddit last week.
The WWE released the following statement regarding Sullivan, according to Forbes.
“WWE supports a culture of inclusion regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we are committed to embracing all individuals as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” WWE said in a statement to Forbes. “Dylan Miley (aka Lars Sullivan) will be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past. WWE will also facilitate meetings for Dylan with community organizations to foster further discussion around the power of social media and the impact of your words.”
According to Newsweek, the SmackDown Live superstar, who just recently got called up from WWE's NXT promotion, will continue to work television and house shows while undergoing sensitivity training.
“There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago,” Miley said, according to Newsweek. “They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”