WWE’s Jerry McDevitt Says Attorneys Are Targeting Former Talents, WWE Will Fight Fraudulent Claims
– As noted on Friday, former WWE talents Ryan Sakoda, Luther Reigns and Russ McCullough have filed a lawsuit against WWE in California, claiming that the company has known for years their talents suffer brutal and debilitating injuries but they are just interested in “selling violence.”
TMZ has posted a follow-up with comments from attorney Jerry McDevitt, WWE’s outside counsel from K&L Gates. McDevitt says the talents are “being targeted by attorneys who tell them there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars they can make by joining a class action suit like this. We know these claims are fraudulent, and will fight them.”
McDevitt says other wrestlers who have been approached to join the lawsuit believe it’s a scam. McDevitt also says the suit spends more time talking about Chris Benoit and other wrestlers than it does the actual plaintiffs. He commented:
“It’s sensational, but if you really look at … what was done specifically to them? There are almost no details as to what they actually suffered as a result of working with WWE.”
McDevitt says no WWE talents were complaining they had suffered brain damage or dementia before lawyers started contacting them. McDevitt says WWE will ultimately prevail.
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