Twitter is calling for Nancy Grace’s show to get canceled after she apparently slammed Ultimate Warrior Jim Hellwig after his death on Tuesday. Grace is known for controversial statements, but people were especially offended when she insinuated that steroid use contributed to the 54-year-old WWE wrestler’s early death.
DDP responded: "Yeah back in the day, we all used them back in the day. When I mean we all,” he said. “Certain guys wanted a certain edge, and I tell ya, I tried it back when I was a kid too.” The former wrestler went on to add: "And it's something that once that's in your body I guess you're gonna have some ramifications from that, without question.”
DDP said the Ultimate Warrior, who died days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, always worked out but that in the past few years he wasn’t built like he used to be. "But Jim Hellwig he was a passionate individual towards working out, big time,” DDP said. “And if you look at him today he was nowhere near as big as he was back then."
Grace’s point was to say that a majority of wrestlers have died from steroid use, but according to The Independent, some of the men she named didn’t actually die from drug use. For instance, Owen Hurt died in a failed stunt and Junkyard Dog died in a car accident.
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After the interview, DDP seemed to regret doing the show and released a statement on Twitter where he explained that he didn’t intend to talk about steroid use but instead just wanted to share memories he had with The Ultimate Warrior.
“I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man,” he began. “Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated.”
He also addressed the list of apparent wrestlers who died from steroid use. “At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience,” he said. “To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology.”
He finished by saying he only wanted to speak about the fallen athlete and not ignite a debate about alleged steroid use in wrestling. “Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business,” DDP said. “I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family.”
Twitter’s frustration was clearly directed at Grace for implying that the UW’s death was a result of steroid use. A petition was created to get the television personality, 54, off the air. As of 6:15 p.m. EST, it had gotten more than 4,000 signatures.
Some comments from irate Twitterati with the hashtag #CancelNancyGrace, which trended on Twitter throughout Thursday, have been posted below:
— johnny veres (@punkrokk65) April 10, 2014
If we can't replace Nancy Grace, can we at least replace her hair? #CancelNancyGrace
— lizzy pilcher (@lizzypilcher) April 10, 2014
— SXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) April 10, 2014