Lars Sullivan has quickly become one of WWE’s most talked about Superstars after brutalizing Kurt Angle, The Hardy Boyz, R-Truth and others following his arrival to the main roster last month. Sullivan has also become polarizing over comments he posted on a message board several years ago.
On Wednesday, a Reddit user compiled a comprehensive list of controversial remarks Sullivan made on the Bodybuilding.com message board. The sentiments expressed in the posts range from crass jokes to controversial views on race and other touchy topics. He also ripped a number of wrestlers that he now works with in WWE.
The remarks were made from 2008 to 2013, as Sullivan was a wrestling fan and aspiring bodybuilder at the time. Sullivan signed a developmental contract with WWE in late 2013 and he stopped posting entirely shortly thereafter.
Those who have followed Sullivan closely since his arrival to WWE would likely be aware of his remarks since it’s not a secret that he used to post on Bodybuilding.com. When it was announced that he was joining the main roster late last year, his remarks gained some attention on social media but weren’t covered on many news sites. However, the situation blew up this time around after Big E addressed Sullivan’s comments on Twitter.
A fan brought the Reddit post to Big E’s attention on Twitter, writing, “Are you aware of this racist asshole that you’re going to have to work with?”
Big E responded to the fan by saying that a lot of people in WWE are aware of Sullivan’s comments. He indicated that could be a problem with his co-workers since many of them are minorities.
“Many are aware. If true, he has to bear the albatross of being a bigot & working in a company that is now filled with minorities,” Big E replied.
Despite the backlash, it doesn’t sound like Sullivan will face disciplinary action from WWE over the ordeal. WrestleVotes was told by a WWE source that company officials “are hoping it stays low and disappears.”
Talked to one of my main sources regarding this Lars Sullivan stuff. Source states WWE is aware of what’s making the rounds online. His exact words: “they are hoping it stays low and disappears”— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) May 9, 2019
My take: they aren’t going to do a damn thing. Hope I’m wrong.