We screw up sometimes here at Cageside Seats, but we don't shy away from admitting our mistakes. This is one of those times.
It has been brought to my attention that there was an error in my post on Nov. 23rd entitled: "Jake 'The Snake' Roberts rehabs his battered reputation in a Newsday.com interview". In the article I said that "Roberts no longer denied being intoxicated at the Coastal Wrestling Federation show [on Oct. 27th], like he originally did immediately after the incident happened", due to the following quote he gave to Newsday.com:
"But on the flight, when I got to the airport, I ate some oysters and I had two beers. And then I went to Friday’s and had some ribs and had another beer. And after that, to be brutally honest, I don’t remember a freakin’ thing. Because when you’re an alcoholic you get to the point where you have blackouts. I know some people that have had blackouts and missed four or five days of a life. And obviously, my body getting clean and trying to stop all this [garbage], it’s just those four beers, maybe -- I don’t know, I was on an airplane and I know they won’t let you have 10 damn drinks or anything like that. But I know I had some, and obviously it caused my brain to kick off and put me in blackout."
Actually that quote clearly was in relation to a separate incident regarding a flight back from Rhode Island to Atlanta a week later. I mixed up the two as the second occurrence of public intoxication by Jake Roberts wasn't as highly publicised in the wrestling media as the first one was, which I had reported in a post entitled "Jake "The Snake" Roberts' latest wrestling comeback to end like all the rest?" on Nov. 4th.
However, I personally think this just makes Diamond Dallas Page and filmmaker Steve Yu even worse. Roberts is a well-known alcoholic who just two days before entering DDP's house and starting filming was accused of drunken behaviour at a wrestling show, yet they initially allowed him to drink up to four beers (presumably a day) on set. What did they expect would happen? Unless this is all just an elaborate work to make for compelling reality TV. A possibility I already mentioned when first discussing the Newsday.com piece.