Was Adam Rose Wrongfully Suspended by WWE?
FoxSports – WWE announced in April that Adam Rose had been suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the WWE Talent Wellness policy.
Rose wrote shortly after his suspension went public that he would share his side of the story, and that he believes he “did not do anything knowingly wrong.”
“I am pretty sure this response will meet nowhere near the publicity that my suspension did and that this response is tantamount to career suicide.
But I feel for my sons my sister and rest of my family… you the WWE universe have the right to the know the truth over my suspension and what it was for … I can say right now I did not do anything knowingly wrong and was taking prescribed medication that my Dr and I followed all the correct protocol on.”
…. My family and I are still collecting ourselves from this blow. I have zero anger or animosity against the WWE. But feel the administrators over the WWE Wellness policy were just simply not right in taking this action.”
Rose shared a letter from his doctor Tuesday that states he was taking prescribed medication to help with ADHD.
“I am writing this letter on behalf of Adam Rose (Ray Leppan – D.O.B. 7/20/790, whom I have treated since 4/30/15. He has [chronic] signs and symptoms of ADHD, determined through a very thorough [psychiatric] exam 4/30/15. He takes Adderall XR, which is an FDA-approved treatment for ADHD, and we have followed all standard of care protocols during his treatment, which has gone very well. He takes his medication as prescribed, and he is compliant with my treatment recommendations.”
Rose tweeted that WWE knew he was taking Aderrall at the time of his suspension.
What a strange and interesting time it’s been with WWE over the last few months in regards to Superstar discipline. First there was the suspension of Titus O’Neal for grabbing Vince McMahon as he walked up the ramp after Daniel Bryan’s retirement. Just this week they sent home Ryback over a contract dispute. And now we have Adam Rose publicly declaring his innocence and providing the documentation to back it up. Once again, WWE is not coming out looking too good.
Adam Rose’s time on the WWE main roster has been a struggle, there is no denying that. If you watched the ESPN special on NXT though, there is no way you’re not rooting for this guy to succeed. So what could have caused this? I certainly can’t imagine that they were targeting Rose in some way. WWE contracts are not guaranteed so it’s not like they need ammunition if they want to move on from someone. The likelier cause to me is someone not doing their homework. It’s not uncommon in large corporations for things to fall through the cracks. Perhaps that is what happened with Rose here and his Dr. approved use of Adderall.
The one thing he’s spot on with is he probably just committed career suicide. Very few people, especially those that reside in Rose’s spot on the card, take on the machine and come back from it. No corporation likes it when they look bad. That is the biggest thing fans need to understand about WWE. Above everything else, they are a publicly traded corporation. They answer to their investors first, everyone else including the WWE Universe second. Knowing what we do about Rose’s personal situation, I certainly hope he’s able to rebound from this.