MVP talks about his prison reform activism

May 12, 2019 - by Steve Gerweck

“This particular time I wasn’t telling my story to wrestling fans as much as I was using my story to make a point, a social commentary. Ultimately, in spite of the fact that I was able to achieve success in my professional wrestling career. At the end of the day I’m a convicted felon. I don’t have my right to vote, and there are still certain things that aren’t afforded to me because of a bad decision I made nearly 30 years ago. There are thoughts on how to reduce recidivism. I think part of that has to do with how society views people who have done time. There is the proverbial Scarlet Letter becomes of being the ‘ex-convict.’ So until we can start changing and having a conversation with society to change minds about how we treat people who made mistakes or bad decisions, we’re going to be stuck in this unfortunate set of circumstances. I’m MVP. You can Google me. I’ve got thousands of character references, but I couldn’t rent an apartment or a house. So, what does that say for John Doe or Jane Doe, who just got out of prison trying to get their life back on track.”

source: Wrestling Inc.

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