Wrestling legend Jim Cornette has given praise to AEW President Tony Khan for the way he has handled a recent crisis in the company.
On June 13th, Jeff Hardy was arrested and charged with DUI. Officers at the scene noted that the star was unable to complete any of the standard sobriety tests, while in footage of the arrest, Hardy appears very unsteady on his feet.
Following the news of his latest legal troubles, Hardy was suspended without pay by AEW, although the company has pledged to assist the star as he seeks treatment for his substance abuse issues.
Speaking on his Drive Thru podcast, Jim Cornette touched on the unfortunate situation and praised Tony Khan for handling it the way he did:
“Well that’s probably the most professionally he’s handled anything yet. So good for Tony [Khan] and good for Jeff [Hardy] for being open for it at this point. It’s probably how he got asked also, I can see Tony Khan asking somebody to do something more nicely than John Laurinaitis.”
In the weeks following Hardy’s arrest, it was reported that The Hardys were originally scheduled to win the AEW World Tag Team Titles at Road Rager. However, at Double or Nothing concern was raised for Jeff’s welfare and he was booked in for a brain scan. He told police he was on his way to that scan when he was arrested. The Young Bucks instead defeated Jurassic Express to become two-time AEW World Tag Team Champions.