After a controversial interview on “Nancy Grace Tonight” that incited outrage from wrestling fans, WWE icon Diamond Dallas Page took to Twitter Thursday to say he regretted going on the show.
“I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man,” Page tweeted. “Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated,” he said. “At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience.”
The segment featured the show’s outspoken host, Nancy Grace, raising speculation over whether The Ultimate Warrior’s death was caused by steroid use in his younger days.
Grace featured a scrolling list of wrestlers who died too young, implying that their deaths were tied to drugs. The list included Owen Hart who was killed in a freak accident during a WWE event in 1999.
Many wrestling fans felt that Grace had insinuated Hart had died of steroid abuse and #CancelNancyGrace began trending on Twitter Thursday. TheWrap reached out to HLN for comment.
Owen Hart’s oldest brother, Smith Hart, also issued the following statement on his Facebook page:
“I think our beloved sister-in-law Martha as well as my entire family should be tremendously offended by the implication of Nancy Grace that my brother Owens demise had anything to do with drugs or steroids. For her to attempt to capitalize on Warrior’s death while his family grieves for personal choices he may have made more than 20 years ago is a sad to day for what passes as journalism today. Breaking news; Many rock stars snorted cocaine in the 80’s. Perhaps we should shut down the entire music industry. We should not buy into any of their such ridiculous libelous statements. We will hear official details from the coroner this weekend and not from some gossip journalist.”
Wrestling star Mick Foley also called on Grace to apologize on Twitter,
– Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) April 10, 2014
Read Page’s full statement below:
I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man. Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated. At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience. To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology. Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business. I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family.
Watch the controversial interview below: