Earlier today, Diamond Dallas Page released the following statement, along with a YouTube video entitled "Time for Accountability, Part I":
The decision to release these videos was made after much consideration. There has been a tremendous flood of positive media coverage surrounding what happens at the Accountability Crib, and while many things that happen may be kept private, we cannot allow a false image to be portrayed.
As much as we hate seeing people fall, we still believe that anyone can make the decision to get back up. We're not a rehab center and we're still learning so much about addiction. We only are here to support our friends if they are willing to do the work necessary.
Please be patient as we are trying to condense hours of footage into a shorter format.
A couple of observations, that come from a wrestling fan and someone with a lot of personal and professional experience with addiction, addicts and treatment:
- I applaud the decision to release this information. There have been times through DDP and DDP Yoga's work with Scott Hall and Roberts that one could have gotten the impression that some nice digs, tough love and physical fitness could get these guys sober. And that still may be the case. But whether you believe it to be a disease or a failing of willpower, relapse is a real possibility for anyone dealing with addiction. Sharing this part of the process with his followers and Jake's fans keeps the Snake honest, and could be educational to viewers dealing with the issue in their own lives.
- For his part, The Snake should focus on one day at a time more than comebacks at the 2014 Royal Rumble. I think I speak for all of his many fans that I'd rather know that he's alive and learning to live a happy and peaceful life, regardless of if I ever see him in a WWE or any pro wrestling ring again.
- That said, there is undoubtedly a little Dr. Drew-esque marketing to a lot of DDP's online presence, and cutting this video as a "to be continued" while we wait for the staff to tell Page about Jake's transgression is a prime example of that. I don't begrudge his using the good work he's doing to make a living for himself, and maybe allow him to help others. And like I said, I think this can be educational for fans watching it, and the more entertaining it is, the more likely they are to watch. Doesn't mean I can't point out a showman who has figured out how to use his skills in a new arena.
Here's the video:
Positive thoughts and prayers to Jake Roberts, who has done a lot of hard work to get to this point, and who has a lot riding on how he responds to this setback. Same to DDP and his crew, who are doing very important and very trying work with Hall and Roberts.