Steve Austin addressed the 60-day suspension of Titus O’Neil in the latest episode of his podcast. In it, he called Titus’s actions “completely inappropriate” but felt 60 days was a little overreacting. Below is an excerpt:
“Vince is 70 [years old] right now and that was a serious moment for him. He was totally in character. He cares about Daniel Bryan. He gets jerked pretty forcibly over there to Titus O’Neil and it was completely inappropriate. This may be pro wrestling/sports entertainment, whatever you want to call it, but that was a serious moment. It’s not a time to be shucking and jiving out there, so lay some type of punishment down. Fine him, this, that, or whatever. I don’t know. Something was appropriate, but when I started hearing the racism things, I was like, ‘I’ve got to roll my eyes and I’ve got to call complete and utter bulls–t in this one.’
If you’re going to suspend somebody, I think 30 [days should suffice]. I think 60 [days] is still a little overreacting. Did something need to happen, a come to Jesus meeting or a stern talking to backstage? Something [needed] to happen because I do believe it was inappropriate. It was the wrong person, at the wrong time.”
In addition to the 60 days suspension, which is unpaid, O’Neil was fined $5000.
I agree with Austin that Titus shouldn’t have grabbed Vince like that and I think Tyson would agree BUT the length of suspension is absurd, especially when considering this was originally for 90 days.