Chris Jericho has weighed in on the recent allegations of misconduct surrounding Vince McMahon.
The Wall Street Journal recently provided more information regarding the allegations against Vince McMahon. The WWE figurehead allegedly paid more than $12 million in hush money to four women over a 16-year period.
Back in June, it had already been reported by the WSJ that McMahon was being investigated by WWE’s Board of Directors over a $3 million payment to a former employee with whom he had an affair.
Now, current AEW star and former WWE Superstar Chris Jericho has given his thoughts on the storm currently surrounding McMahon.
Speaking on the True Geordie podcast, Jericho said the revelations haven’t really been a surprise to the wrestling industry and while he thinks it “sucks” that Vince did it, he doesn’t think there will be long-term repercussions.
“Not really, I mean is there a surprise in any industry when it happens? And really, when you look at it, it’s not illegal. He had an affair, paid the lady off to not say anything, and moved on.
“People want to jump on it but there’s still always an undertone of, ‘It’s wrestling’. If you look, that story came out with a bang and then you really haven’t heard anything about it since. If this was, you know, Hollywood with Harvey Weinstein, that sort of thing. But the difference between that was he was holding women back from getting gigs, Harvey Weinstein, either bang me or you don’t get the starring role.
“This has never been said in Vince’s thing. There was a mutual acknowledgement of this affair and then he paid the lady to say nothing and she took the money so, you know. I really know Vince well and it sucks that it happened and it sucks that he did it but is anything really gonna happen from it? I really don’t think so.”
He went on to note that, while McMahon’s actions weren’t illegal, he doesn’t think they were morally right.
“I think it’ll come and go and, once again, is it morally right? Absolutely not. Is it illegal? No. Is it something that’s gonna get him in real trouble? I don’t think so because once again, unfortunately, ‘Oh, it’s just Vince McMahon, it’s just wrestling, of course he’s going to do that’.
“So, those things come and go and they happen, and it’s too bad but I really think it doesn’t really matter in the long run. Six months from now, I’ll either be right or I’ll be wrong.”
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