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Major relief for Titus O'Neil, WWE responds to racist allegations

16.70K   //    11 Feb 2016, 16:15 IST
O’Neil is in the dreaded doghouse

According to the New York Post, WWE star Titus O’Neil is set to cool his heels on the sidelines for some time after the franchise suspended him on the grounds of unprofessional conduct, due to the star grabbing WWE CEO Vince McMahon in a “playful but physical” way after the conclusion of the post-RAW Daniel Bryan retirement celebration.

The New York Post’s story was confirmed by WWE, who have now reduced Titus’ suspension from 90 days to 60 days – which makes him ineligible to participate at WrestleMania 32. WWE have also noted that the suspension is not part of a script.

Addressing the online rumours that alleged O’Neil’s suspension had a hint of racism, WWE said: “The suspension of Titus O’Neil had nothing to do with race and everything to do with unprofessional conduct.”

WWE also noted that O’Neil accepted his mistake, and even shared a text message that the wrestler sent them, which said: “I feel like sh** now so if you have to let me go, I understand. Stupid mistake.”

Wrestling Observer reports that the suspension is Vince’s way of sending out a message to other talents – who have been crossing the fine line lately – to stop messing around and be thorough professionals 

Only time will tell what’s in store for the 38-year-old, who also boasts of being a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion – which he won with Darren Young.

It should be noted that Officials backstage love Titus and had planned a singles push for the suspended star after he broke up with Darren Young. How the suspension would affect his push is yet to be seen.

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