While reports are emerging that Alberto Del Rio might have been provoked during the “altercation” that led to his release, WWE’s public stance on the matter is not one of sympathy towards the former World Champion.
“@VivaDelRio is responsible for his own actions. If you’re angry at anyone, be angry at Alberto,” wrote WWE in a post on Twitter. “There’s no excuse for a pro athlete not to conduct themselves in a professional manner.”
At press time, Triple H signaled his concurrence by re-Tweeting the comment in its entirety.
Thursday evening, WWE reported that Alberto Del Rio was fired due to “unprofessional conduct” that included an “altercation with an employee.” The WWE.com statement was notable in that it neither contained Del Rio’s legal name nor a best wishes in his future endeavors. Both are staples of WWE.com’s contract release statements.
Unconfirmed reports have emerged suggesting that Alberto Del Rio slapped a member of the company’s social media staff while backstage at a television taping this week. Similarly unconfirmed reports allege that the employee might have provoked Del Rio by making a racially charged joke at the wrestler’s expense.