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WWE NEWS: WWE issues statement on Punk striking fan during Raw

Oct 9, 2012 - 3:31:20 PM
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WWE issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon addressing C.M. Punk striking a fan during Monday's Raw:

"During last night’s Raw televised event, WWE Superstar C.M. Punk exited the ring into the stands as part of the show. WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given C.M. Punk’s persona as a ‘bad guy,’ fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck in him in the kidney and on the back. WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and C.M. Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment. Other than this isolated incident, WWE always provides proper security to ensure the safety of our fans and our performers.”

There is no mention of whether Punk will be punished. Also, WWE did not address a police report, which a local reporter says the recipient of Punk's attack filed after Raw.

TMZ added to the story, noting that the fan met with with officers from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. after Raw. Officers initially did not discover any major injuries, but the fan re-contacted police to complain of a knee injury. Police are now determining whether to conduct a full investigation.

To read C.M. Punk's statement on the incident issued late Tuesday night, click here - http://bit.ly/PVFsB4 .

[ WWE Statement Analysis: WWE's statement tries to build up blame on select members of the audience before offering a quick apology from WWE and Punk, but the statement does not reference the fan who Punk actually struck. According to video from multiple angles, the recipient of the attack did not appear to initiate contact with Punk prior to Punk striking him. If a police report was filed, WWE may not be able to comment on that aspect at this time. ]

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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