Mickie James has released a statement addressing the controversy and fallout regarding her social media post that showed her belongings returned to her by WWE in a trash bag.
James shared the image of the trash bag with her name adhered to the side of it in a Tweet that addressed WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Fellow WWE alumni Gail Kim and Maria Kanellis-Bennett both joined the conversation showing their support for James. They also alluded to their belongings being returned to them in a similar way after their own respective WWE departures.
Following that, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon both Tweeted to apologise and confirm that the person responsible was no longer employed by the company.
.@MickieJames I am embarrassed you or anyone else would be treated this way. I apologize personally and on behalf of @WWE. The person responsible is no longer with our company. https://t.co/nvN4WsKC0I
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 23, 2021
Upon learning of the disrespectful treatment some of our recently released talent received on behalf of the company, we took immediate action. The person responsible for this inconsiderate action has been fired and is no longer with @WWE.
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 23, 2021
Mark Carrano, who was the WWE’s Senior Director of Talent Relations was fired by the company around the same time. However, no direct correlation has been made between his departure and James’ tweet.
Mickie James has now issued a final statement on Twitter to share her thoughts after the events of the last few days.
“I would like to address this one last time, then we can all move on. I have so many amazing things on the horizon. The last thing I desire is to have any of that tainted with ugliness and negativity. I take zero pride or joy in the fact that someone would lose their job ever. Especially someone I considered a friend. I am confident that Vince & the McMahons had no idea that this is how we were sent packing. It hurt a fragile me much more ten years ago when my belongings arrived on my doorstep because WWE was my everything.”
“I’ve grown as a woman and a person as much as we all have in this business. I am stronger today than I’ve ever been and smart enough to know that this wasn’t a deliberate attack on me. However, the symbolism cannot be denied. I am sorry that a thoughtless and tone-deaf act would cost anyone their job. But I am not sorry that I had the courage to ensure it will never happen to anyone else moving forward. So if that’s my final mark in the company moving forward I am ok with that.”
“When I first started in this business one of the best pieces of advice I received was ‘Just leave the business better than you found it kid’ and that has been my ultimate goal. I love you all so much. I am legitimately grateful for my time at WWE and throughout my whole career. I am looking forward to everything that is next. I truly hope you are too and perhaps you will join me.”
♥️ To whom it may concern ♥️ pic.twitter.com/RPGOOazm8F
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 24, 2021