In a follow up from the incident at this past Sunday’s TNA Victory Road pay-per-view, when Eric Bischoff entered the ring to change the stipulation for the Sting vs. Jeff Hardy match, he called an audible. Bischoff could be clearly seen saying things to both Hardy and Sting during his in-ring promo. According to TNA sources, Hardy had to be “held up” as he was brought though the gorilla position. Due to his condition before the main event, the call was made to change all main event plans. Hardy was stumbling badly on his way to the ring during his entrance and looked “completely out of it”. As reported on Monday, Hardy was sent home by TNA from the iMPACT! TV tapings this week in Orlando, FL.
There are other reports stating that Hardy arrived to the iMPACT! Zone on Sunday way later than he was supposed to and was found laying on his back in a corner of a bathroom backstage. TNA management was frantically trying to find him before the main event. Jeff was nodding off and as noted above, had to be held up on his way to the arena for the main event. Sting was quiet backstage but visibly pissed off. More as we get it.
As noted earlier here on the website, the drug case against Jeff Hardy was continued once again today in Moore County, NC Superior Court. The case has been ongoing for 18 months, and today, Assistant District Attorney Warren McSweeney asked Judge James Webb to continue to the case. FayObserver.com reports that the reason for the continuance is so they can get the results of lab tests from the State Bureau of Investigation on some of the evidence that was seized from Hardy’s home September 11th, 2009. I’m not sure why it would take 18 months to get lab tests back.
It should be noted that Jeff Hardy’s lawyer has publicly stated that Jeff will plead guilty to at least some of the charges. Both Hardy’s lawyer and prosecutors are still trying to work out a deal. Hardy’s lawyer wants to avoid jail time.
TNA’s media relations department refused to comment on how the company is dealing with Hardy currently. He did state that TNA has a drug testing policy in place.
Police found about 262 doses of Vicodin, a prescription painkiller, 180 Soma prescription pills, 55 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia when they raided his house on September 11th, 2009. He faces several drug charges including felony trafficking.