Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler and his fiancée were arrested after an alleged domestic dispute on Thursday night.
Lawler, 66, and Lauryn McBride, 27, were charged with domestic assault. Both have since been released from jail.
Jerry Lawler opened up about the incident when speaking with FOX13.
“It will all come out that was just basically a misunderstanding that got out of hand,” Lawler said.
According to police, McBride called 911 and then hung up. When officers arrived, the two defendants had their own version of what happened.
“The police came and they do their job,” Lawler told FOX13.
According to an arrest affidavit, McBride said she and Lawler got into an argument. She told police she was pushed by Lawler and then held against the kitchen counter during the altercation.
McBride also said Lawler got an unloaded pistol and told her to kill herself, according to the affidavit.
The wrestling icon told police a very different story. He said McBride was intoxicated, kicked him in the groin and threatened to kill herself, all while he was trying to keep her from driving.
“It’s a shame you got that far,” Lawler said.
Both Lawler and McBride were arrested.
While spending the night in jail, the 66-year-old said seeing people come in and out was an eye opening experience.
“For some of them, it was almost like I brightened up a bad situation,” Lawler said. “For some of the people that were in there, they came over and started talking about wrestling instead of talking about what they were going through there.”
As for McBride and their future a couple, Lawler said everything is alright.
“Lauren’s fine. She’s good,” Lawler told FOX13. “We’re still engaged, so we are OK.”
Jerry Lawler has been suspended by the WWE as a result of the incident. In an official statement on their website the WWE says, "WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest."
Lawler told FOX13 he understands the policy, but he hopes the situation can be worked out.
"It’s just a shame. But hopefully when they realize and when the whole story comes out, things will be ok. Hopefully the indefinite suspension will be lifted, you know. That’s what I’m hopeful for."
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