Jerry Lawler was released around 11:30 a.m. Friday from the Shelby County Jail after being arrested overnight on domestic violence charges.
As several onlookers waited in 90-degree heat, Lawler walked out of the jail exit and said he appreciates the caring and support. He said he has no statement now until he talks to his attorney.
“When I get with my attorney I will,” he said.
Lawler spoke to WMC Action News 5 from the jailhouse via telephone where he said he came back from a wrestling event labeled, “A Night in the Slammer” to find his fiancée drunk following a party where she and her friends watched Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
“When she drinks we get into a little bit of a shouting match and then she wants to leave,” Lawler said over the phone from the jailhouse. “I was not going to let her leave in the car, because she was not in any condition to drive. She got more and more upset.”
He continued, “It’s just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit and nobody was hurt. It’s just something that happened as a result of drinking too much.”
According to WREG.com, cops were called to the couple’s Memphis home Friday and were unable to determine which party was the aggressor.
McBride claimed that Lawler shoved and hit her in the head before going upstairs to get a handgun. She alleges he then put the weapon on the counter and said, “Go ahead and kill yourself.” Lawler claims that McBride was drunk and attacked him first, scratching and kicking him before throwing a candle at him. He also says that she got the gun from the garage and placed it on the counter.
WWE announced Lawler has been “suspended indefinitely” following his arrest.
Jerry Lawler arrested, suspended
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jerry Lawler was arrested at his home Friday morning by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Memphis, Tenn.
According to a police report, Lawler and his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, were taken into custody and booked on alleged charges of domestic assault—bodily harm, a misdemeanor.
WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.