Lars Sullivan has finally addressed comments that he made in a bodybuilding forum many years ago and before he joined the WWE in 2013 or 2014. Sullivan, who’s real name is Dylan Miley, has been attributed to posts that have been described as racist, homophobic and misogynistic. He also attacked a number of professional wrestlers including Scott Hall, AJ Styles, AJ Lee, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and even Vince McMahon himself.
It is rumored that the WWE were aware of these comments before they signed Miley to a contract but hoped that it wouldn’t come to light or become a huge issue. Popular New Day member Big E took to social media and appears to acknowledge that management was aware of the comments;
“Many are aware. If true, he has to bear the albatross of being a bigot & working in a company that is now filled with minorities.”
One of the more ironic comments that have been unearthed and posted to Reddit were his negative comments about those that suffer from social anxiety and mental illness. It is believed that Sullivan’s planned debut and program with John Cena was postponed and altered due to a panic attack by the 6’3” wrestler.
WrestlingInc published a response from Sullivan in which he took responsibility for those comments and expressed regret;
“There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”
Sullivan debuted on the main roster on the RAW program following Wrestlemania 35, attacking Kurt Angle. Since then he has been given the monster heel treatment, attacking various wrestlers including Rey Mysterio, Chad Gable, and R-Truth.
The WWE used a Sullivan attack on The Hardy Boyz to explain Jeff’s absence due to knee surgery.
There has been no official word from the WWE in relation to these posts but he may have been encouraged or even ordered to address them to try and curtail the controversy. The wrestling promotion is not only a publicly traded company but also has various public service programs targeted to anti-bullying that speak out against comments such as those made by Sullivan.
The company famously severed ties with Hall Of Famer and wrestling legend Hulk Hogan when racist comments surfaced during his Gawker trial. Hogan has spent years apologizing for the use of racial slurs and has only recently been welcomed back to the company, participating in this year’s edition of Wrestlemania.
Even though the comments were made before he was officially with the company, the WWE has fired others when past transgressions have come to light. Zahra Schrieber was dismissed by the company “due to inappropriate and offensive remarks” back in 2015 according to TMZ Sports. Instagram posts attributed to the female wrestler heavily featured Nazi symbolism.
Sullivan remains active with the WWE and is currently participating on the SmackDown tour in Europe.