AEW President Tony Khan has commented on the treatment currently being undertaken by Jeff Hardy.
Khan recently hosted a media call ahead of the Forbidden Door pay-per-view, which will be taking place on Sunday June 26th. When the subject of Jeff Hardy was brought up, Tony Khan said the following:
“Jeff is doing much better,” Khan said. “As I understand, Jeff’s in treatment. I don’t want to say too much about what’s going on, because it’s his business, but I’m here for him, whatever he needs.”
Jeff Hardy was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence on June 13th. It was later announced that Hardy had been suspended by All Elite Wrestling, and would return following successful treatment of sobriety. Khan would go on to state that this is the last chance for the tag team legend:
“I’m really glad nobody got hurt. But what Jeff did going out and driving is different from the other thing. And I just don’t like hearing them the two compared, if that makes sense. I feel like I’d be remiss if I didn’t give Jeff a lot of credit for now doing the right thing. And this is what we said — Jeff’s got to do the right thing if he wants to stay with AEW. Because it’s his last chance.”
Some have compared the situation of Jeff Hardy to Jon Moxley, who also went into an alcohol treatment program back in October 2021. Khan stated why the two circumstances are different and why he doesn’t like the two situations being compared to each other.
“It’s totally different. Jon didn’t put anybody at risk like that, he wasn’t out drinking and driving … So that’s why I didn’t like hearing it compared. But I will say Jeff is in treatment and doing better. I talked to Matt about it the other day, and we’ll be here and we’ll support him for what he needs. This is what he had to do; he had to go to treatment to get us to keep supporting him at this time. And we are.”
Khan would finish the question by discussing what help is available for all All Elite Wrestling talent and that there is a testing policy:
“We’re here for anybody that steps up and wants to get help, and hopefully they’ll come to us instead of it being under circumstances where they get themselves in trouble,” Khan said. “But the most important thing is they get the help, and I’m here to stand by anybody who that needs help and will get it. It’s available to anybody here. Anybody who needs time off, if they have an issue, they can take it, no matter how big of a star they are. “They can be the most important person in the company in terms of drawing revenue, or somebody who isn’t on TV as much and isn’t drawing as much revenue, it doesn’t matter. It’s the same quality of first-class treatment if they need it. As far as everything else, we do have a policy in place about making sure people come in and show up to work in the condition to work. That’s the most important thing. There’s a testing policy.”
The full media call can be found below, courtesy of Inside The Ropes.
H/t to Wrestling Inc. for the use of transcriptions.
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