JTG has stated that his former tag team partner Shad Gaspard should receive WWE’s Warrior Award during an interview with Chris Van Vliet.
When Van Vliet mentioned that some have argued Shad deserves the Warrior Award this year, JTG passionately supported the idea:
“He definitely should. I don’t know what’s a bigger heroic act than putting his life on the line for his son. But honestly, he would have done it if it was another child. If it was me, he probably would have did the same exact thing.”
Shad Gaspard tragically passed away in May this year after he and a group of swimmers were caught in a strong rip current. Lifeguards arrived to pull everyone out of the water but Gaspard heroically directed them to save his son, who was among the swimmers, before helping him. Three days after going missing, Gaspard’s body was found washed up on the beach.
Gaspard teamed with JTG as Cryme Tyme in WWE and on the independent circuit as Crime Time. During the interview, JTG elaborated on the strong friendship between the teammates: