SunHerald.com is reporting that Jack Swagger arrived at Gulfport Municipal Court with a team of three attorneys Tuesday morning before the start of his DUI trial. His right hand was in a large splint, in which Swagger confirmed he has an injury.
“I severed a tendon in my thumb,” Swagger said outside of the courthouse.
We reported on Swagger’s injury earlier this month. He declined to comment on the trial.
Swagger was arrested after the February 19th WWE Smackdown taping from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi when he was stopped by police for speeding. The officer determined Swagger was driving under the influence and searched his vehicle. Marijuana was found and he was arrested by local sheriff’s deputies but later released on his own recognizance.
He was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and speeding. Alcohol was not a factor.
Swagger had just left the venue after taping his segments that aired on the February 22nd episode of Smackdown when police stopped him in a 2013 Ford Taurus for speeding. Swagger was able to clear the charges of marijuana possession and speeding by paying respective fines of $437 and $188, however, the charge of DUI requires him to appear before a judge in addition to a $1300 fine. Swagger’s plea date was March 12, 2013 but postponed until April 9, 2013.
WWE has been eerily quiet regarding Swagger’s arrest just over 48 hours after putting him over at the Elimination Champion pay-per-view, assuring him a World title shot at Wrestlemania 29. Swagger went under to Alberto Del Rio at the show last Sunday. The company’s lone statement regarding the arrest was as follows:
“Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions.”