The mother of former WWE superstar Doink the Clown is suing the wrestling network, claiming that they are responsible for her son’s death.
As ENTmania! reported, Doink, real name Matt Osbourne, was found dead in his home on June 25, 2013, and an autopsy revealed that he died of an overdose of opiates and a heart condition.
But in her suit, Doink’s mom claims that her son’s overdose was triggered by the brain injuries he sustained while he was active in the wrestling ring. She accuses WWE of turning a blind eye to the brain injuries that has plagued its wrestlers for years, saying that even though the network created a ‘Wellness program’ in 2006, it did nothing more than create a false sense of security that prevented her son from seeking proper treatment.
Doink’s mother lists the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Crush, Bam Bam Bigelow, Eddie Guerrero, Randy Savage, Big Boss Man, Yokozuna, Chris Benoit etc as examples of WWE”s failure to protect the neurological health of its wrestlers and is suing for wrongful death, fraud and negligence.
Dismissing the lawsuit as lacking merit, WWE’s lawyer Jerry S. McDevitt told Dallas Morning News that Doink’s family is simply seeking ‘NFL money’ and are being helped along by equally money hungry attorneys.
‘We never had anyone claim they had these kinds of injuries until [these out-of-town attorneys] did,’ he said. ‘They find the destitute people who have no money and told them there’s money to be made. That is what is going on and I feel bad for these families, because they think they will make money off of this, and they will not.’