Earlier today, Matt Hardy released his first public comments following Monday’s announcement that AEW and the former WWE professional wrestler Jeff Hardy had been arrested earlier in the day in Florida on multiple counts. Now owner/CEO/GM of AEW Tony Khan offered an update. In the statement below, Khan confirmed that the company reached out to Jeff Hardy this afternoon and offered to help him get treatment (which Khan writes Jeff Hardy was open to). Stating that the company “does not condone Jeff’s alleged behavior”, Khan went on to say that Jeff Hardy is suspended without pay and “can only return to AEW after he successfully completes treatment and maintains sobriety”.
And here’s a preview of Khan’s tweet:
In a series of Monday tweets from the ESPN reporter Marc Raimondi based on the Florida Highway Patrol arrest report, details emerged of Hardy’s arrest, including how “officers administered a breath test and Hardy’s first sample read .294 BAC. A second sample read 0.291. The legal limit for driving in Florida is .08.” The charges against Hardy included driving while license was cancelled/suspended/revoked, violation of license restrictions and the third alcohol/drug DUI offense in 10 years (details here). Hardy was booked at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning, with $3,500 bond and Hardy’s first hearing before a judge scheduled for that afternoon. Here’s a preview of the first of Raimondi’s tweets, followed by the collective text of all three tweets.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s arrest report for Jeff Hardy, a white car was seen “swerving” and “driving” from the roadway around 12:30 a.m. Monday. When the officer pulled over traffic and engaged Hardy, the wrestler appeared to be “stunned and confused”, according to the report.
Once he left his car, Hardy was unstable and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. Officers, through conversation, learned that Hardy had been drinking. Hardy was unable to complete any portion of the sobriety drills successfully “or without risk of falling,” the officer wrote in the report.
Officers administered a breath test and Hardy’s first sample read 0.294 BAC. A second sample read 0.291. The legal limit for driving in Florida is 0.08.
Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy were scheduled to compete in a Triple Threat Ladder Match against the Young Bucks and AEW World Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express on this Wednesday’s “Road Rager” edition of TBS’ AEW Dynamite. But since yesterday afternoon, the match was no longer promoted: