After Jeff Hardy's...display at TNA's Victory Road PPV on Sunday that got him sent home, today was expected to be pretty interesting since it was his latest court date. Something embarrassing happened, but not to Hardy. According to an article on the Fayetteville Observer's website, Assistant District Attorney Warren McSweeney requested the latest continuance in the case because lab tests on the evidence haven't been completed yet. This evidence was seized a year and a half ago when Hardy was arrested. While it's not surprising given the recent coverage of the backlog across the country in testing rape kits, often the most important evidence in many violent crimes (as opposed to this minor drug case that's only gotten publicity because the defendant is a celebrity of some sort), it's still ridiculous. That said, the situation gets a little weirder when you consider this item from the article:
Hardy's lawyer, James Van Camp, has said the 33-year-old plans to plead guilty. Prosecutors have said they were continuing to work out the terms of a plea deal.
I presume that the lab work is just a formality here. It's not like Hardy appears to be questioning the chemical contents of what was found so I'm a bit confused as to why it's necessary if he's agreeing to a plea bargain.
While the Fayetteville Observer didn't mention Hardy's whatever you want to call it on Sunday, they did talk to TNA:
Steven Godfrey, a spokesman for Hardy's wrestling company - Total Nonstop Action Wrestling - has declined to comment on how the company is dealing with its star's legal trouble. He said TNA has a drug testing policy, though officials don't release details.
Speaking of TNA, after the backlash over the pathetic ending of the PPV, they're trying to make good on it:
AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO TNA WRESTLING FANS REGARDING SUNDAY'S VICTORY ROAD PAY-PER-VIEW
TNA Wrestling strives to give fans who purchase our pay-per-views as close to a full three-hour event as possible. This past Sunday's "TNA Victory Road" fell short of that standard. Your support of TNA is never taken for granted. To show you how we value that support, we would like to offer six months of free access to the TNAondemand.com library.
To receive your free offer, please send us a copy of your Victory Road pay-per-view purchase receipt to :
TNA OnDemand Offer
209 10th Avenue South, #302
Nashville, TN 37203.
Please be sure and submit your name, address, and email address, as we will be emailing a special code that will unlock over 300 hours of great TNA Wrestling action.
Since the service costs $3.99 per month and I would think that most of the people who buy TNA PPVs nowadays are die-hard fans who would enjoy this service, that's a pretty fair offer.