WWE tag team legend Jeff Hardy was arrested for driving while impaired following a traffic accident.
WWE tag team legend Jeff Hardy was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving while impaired following a traffic accident in Concord, North Carolina.
This is worrisome as WWE was already making plans for his return ahead of Wrestlemania 34 which is bent on being a phenomena event. But be it as it may now, with the arrest and alcohol breath test that he has failed, that cannot be possible anymore — the WWE would not want to push him or have anything to do with for now except he is found innocent of the major charges.
The police report noted Hardy totaled his 2016 Cadillac, which incurred an estimated $8,000 in damages, with an additional $5,000 of damages to 105 feet of guardrail. It’s likely Hardy could be ordered to pay restitution for damages to the guardrail, which was owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It’s currently unknown whether alcohol was in Hardy’s system or if he was impaired using another substance.
Hardy was nearing a return to WWE after having been cleared by his surgeon to return to action following a shoulder surgery back in October.
Hardy’s latest offense is a troubling one since the former six-time WWE tag team champion has an extensive history with substance abuse.
Hardy was handed a 60-day suspension just before WrestleMania for his second wellness violation back in 2008. At the time, the talented star was peaking as a singles performer and was even considered a favorite to win the coveted WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match that year.
But upon the memorable return of the Hardy Boyz at WrestleMania 33—which became one of the most-viewed YouTube videos of 2017—Jeff Hardy seemed to have all his substance abuse issues behind him.
Update: TMZ reported Jeff Hardy submitted to a breath test and blew a .25, more than three times the legal limit of blood alcohol content.
WWE has issued the following statement: “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions. We are investigating the matter and awaiting information from local law enforcement officials.”