Brian Jossie, formerly known as Abraham Washington in WWE, told the Greenwich Time in a phone interview on Monday he wasn’t terminated for his Kobe Bryant rape joke on live WWE television but rather his Tweet that was in support of Linda McMahon for Senate.
“That’s how they show support for their employees who want to support Linda. They fire them. That’s complete bull(expletive),” Jossie told the newspaper.
WWE spokesman Brian Flinn rejected Jossie’s claims in a statement to the newspaper:
“WWE is a non-partisan organization. Superstars as well as employees are free to support any political party or candidate they choose,” Flinn wrote. “Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W., was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media.”
Jane Geddes, vice president of Talent Relations in WWE, told Jossie he committed a major error with his Tweet:
“For some reason they don’t want to associate her with anything to do with wrestling because it’s in the past,” Jossie said of McMahon, the company’s former chief executive.
“Vince (McMahon) doesn’t want any association with her campaign. They told me it’s two totally different entities, which I didn’t know. I thought I was doing a good thing.”
Jossie told Greenwich Time several hours after he was warned to ceases his Twitter activity, he was informed his three-year contract with WWE was being terminated.
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