AEW President Tony Khan addressed the company’s policy after the situation with Jeff Hardy.
AEW found themselves in a pickle after Jeff Hardy was arrested for a DUI over a week ago. The company has since suspended Hardy without pay and removed him from all promotional material. Now, Tony Khan is addressing the company’s wellness policy in light of these recent events.
On yesterday’s AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door media call, Khan confirmed that the company does indeed have a wellness policy in place and compared Hardy’s situation to Jon Moxley’s recovery from alcoholism:
“We have a wellness policy, but in the case of drinking, you have to be careful because 99% of the roster drinks responsibly and most people drink responsibly, as you see form advertisements on TV and billboards, that’s the number one thing they ask. We have a wellness policy. As far as testing for alcohol after the shows, I think a lot of people drink after the show is over and I don’t have a policy about that other than we ask people to be safe and responsible.
They are totally different things and it’s comparing apples and oranges when you mention the two things like they are the same. That’s why I handled them differently. We have a wellness policy in place and it covers these things, and that’s why we’re here to support somebody when they come to me and they say, ‘We have a problem.’ In Jon’s case, he went straight to it, jumped on it, checked himself into rehab because he had a problem.
Jon [Moxley] could not be more responsible in what he did and we could not have been more supportive and there for him, I love him so much, having him back and on the pay-per-view, and looking the way he does and having his family healthy and happy. With Jeff [Hardy], it’s totally different. The way it went down is totally different and that’s why the statements and the way we handled the two things are different. In this case, I don’t think there is any comparison.”
As the mediator was attempting to move on, Tony Khan reiterated that Jeff Hardy’s situation was completely different from Jon Moxley’s:
“Jeff is doing much better. As I understand, Jeff is in treatment. I don’t want to say too much about what is going on because it’s his business, but I’m here for him for whatever he needs. I’m really glad nobody got hurt. What Jeff did, going out and driving, is totally different from the other thing. I don’t like hearing the two compared. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give Jeff a lot of credit for now doing the right thing. This is why we said Jeff has to the right thing if he wants to stay with AEW. It’s last chance.
Jon didn’t put anybody at risk like that, he wasn’t out drinking and driving. The way it went down is totally different and that’s why I didn’t like hearing it compared. 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, and we are.”
Jeff Hardy and his brother Matt were taken out of the AEW World Tag Team Championships triangle ladder match a couple of weeks ago. Hardy is scheduled to appear in court for his DUI charge on July 5th. Matt Hardy, meanwhile, recently clarified that he wasn’t injured following an appearance at AAA’s TripleMania XXX: Tijuana event.