Brian Flinn, the WWE’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, has given the first comments regarding the lawsuit brought forward by former wrestler Billy Jack Haynes.
“Billy Jack Haynes performed for WWE from 1986-1988. His filed lawsuit alleges that WWE concealed medical information and evidence on concussions during that time, which is impossible since the condition now called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) had not even been discovered,” the statement said.
“WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged. Current WWE procedures include ImPACT testing for brain function, annual educational seminars and the strict prohibition of deliberate and direct shots to the head,” Flinn wrote.
The statement also says that WWE has donated money for concussion research conducted by the Sports Legacy Institute, leaders in concussion research, and WWE Executive Vice President Paul Levesque sits on SLI’s Board.
You can read the full lawsuit here.