In an interview with TMZ, WWE wrestler Big Show discussed the inherent risks of his profession, prompted by the news that the family of deceased former pro wrestler Doink the Clown is suing the WWE.
“I think everybody that steps through those ropes knows what could possibly happen,” Big Show told TMZ. “It takes one hit to end a career, one hit to end your life. You gotta accept that responsibility when you step through those ropes whether you're a boxer, ultimate fighter or sports entertainer...football, this is what people are trained to do, and you accept your lot in your life. I have nothing but good things to say about the place I work for because I've see how much they've gone above and beyond to take care of the talent and do everything they can, where no one ever did that before.”
Doink the Clown, born Matthew Osborne, died of a drug overdose in 2013. According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit alleges that multiple concussions he suffered during his career led to mood swings and depression. The WWE is blamed for its “negligence and deceit.”
“I'm sorry for people's loss,” Big Show added. “It's tough. I go through it too, I got knees, back, but that's the decision I made to do what I do for a living. You can't blame everybody else for stuff you chose to do.”
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