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Jerry Lawler calls domestic assault arrest ‘an unfortunate situation,’ says ‘nobody was hit, nobody was hurt’

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News broke early this morning that Jerry Lawler and his girlfriend were both arrested in Memphis over a domestic dispute. He was immediately suspended indefinitely by WWE.

While he was in jail, he did an interview with WMC Action News 5 giving his side of the story:

"Well, I went to a wrestling event in Memphis last night and wrestled at a show that was labeled, ironically, ‘A Night at the Slammer,’ all the matches were cage matches. Anyway, I came home, I got home at about 9:30, and my girlfriend Lauryn had gone to some friend's house to watch the basketball game and apparently over-indulged in drinking. She got home about 10 o'clock and she was just intoxicated. ... We got in a little bit of a shouting match and then she wanted to leave. I was not going to let her leave in the car because she was not in any condition to drive. She got more and more upset. She called 911 and scratched my face in the process. Anyway, the police came out and they said 'it's a domestic dispute and we're going to have to take both you guys downtown.' It's just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit, nobody was hurt. It's just something that happened as a result of drinking too much."

When told she claims he pushed her into a stove and hit her head:

"No (that's not accurate). Not at all. Absolutely not."

When asked about a gun being brought into the situation:

"Well, the unloaded gun she had ... she was threatening to kill herself. There was an unloaded gun but all she did was actually pick it up and throw it. ... I might have put the gun on the counter but no I didn't say 'go ahead and kill yourself.'"

Lawler, 66, has been working for WWE as a color commentator on SmackDown and on pay-per-view (PPV) events.

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