Wrestler Accuses 'Love Sponge' of Hate Speech By KARINA BROWN ShareThis (CN) - Pro wrestler Awesome Kong claims a radio called her in the middle of the night from a blocked number and threatened to "'sucker punch' her until she stopped breathing," adding, "You'll be dead like all those other niggers in Haiti you fat black bitch!" Kong, whose real name is Kia Stevens, says AT&T refuses to identity the caller, who she believes is Todd Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge. Stevens, who works for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, says she got into a backstage spat with Clem, a Total Nonstop contracted interviewer and radio host known as Bubba the Love Sponge, after Clem disparaged efforts to raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Stevens claims Clem called her at her Tampa home from a blocked number at 5 a.m. on Feb. 10. She says the caller said, "'This is Bubba the Love Sponge here at (and at this point the caller named a radio station' and then alluded to the fact that the call was being broadcast on the radio. "The caller then started talking in a stream, threatening to come to the petitioner's house and 'sucker punch' her until she stopped breathing and then said, 'You'll be dead like all those other niggers in Haiti you fat black bitch ... Fuck Haiti!" Stevens claims that when she did not respond, "the male who had identified himself as 'Bubba the Love Sponge' stated 'What d'ya think about that, Monkey Kong?' ... 'What? Those big fat Jimmy Walker lips ain't talking shit now, huh?'" Stevens says she recognized Clem's voice, having heard his radio show. According to media reports, Clem claimed on his show that Stevens had approached him backstage after a Jan. 18 wrestling match and "sucker-punched" him in the face several times while yelling "This is for Haiti!" Kong reportedly served a two-day suspension for the altercation. Stevens sued Clem and AT&T, demanding that the phone company release records that would identity the caller. She is represented in Hillsborough County Court by Chris Mancini of Fort Lauderdale. ----------------------------------------------------------
First off, I am by no means a legal eagle, but what exactly is she suing him for? From this article, I can't tell. Is it the hate speech or to get release for the phone records?
Also, I'm not going to speculate on what should happen to him if he DID say this stuff, but if it turns out it's true, whoah.
She can sue him for making threatening phone calls and causing her emotional distress since Bubba Love Sponge is also an employee of TNA which she works at. Its time to either cut ties with Bubba and the few listeners he has or cut Kong. If they cut Kong, she can sue them, but probably won't since she is already in trouble for attacking Bubba. TNA will want to keep just in case Vince could get her to use for Mania or the Raw after Mania as the surprise "shock" we sometimes get after Mania. It would also cripple a division that
Bubba does have a foothold in the Tampa area where they do business and best buddies with the presumed new boss of Hogan. If they cut Bubba they may have to deal with Bubba fans trying to ruin Impact tapings with signs or chants. They would also have to deal with Bubba bashing them on the radio.
If it were me, I would cut Kong. Its a short term lose and you can replace with our knockouts to help the division. Losing Bubba's PPR ability even though he seems to be burying the company at times is a key lose. If Bubba did do this, I hope to God she sues him for everything that is worth and get his fat ass off the radio, but the more controversy the better the ratings.
The PWI article has a hilarious little editorial paragraph: "If this allegation turns out to be true, Bubba should be removed from the air and never set foot in TNA again." That should happen even if it's not true.
I'm very interested to see who TNA sides with here. Although I remember when this story first broke that TNA was not only backing Bubba, but making derogatory jokes towards Kong (I'm looking at YOU, Hulk!).
I'm the kind of guy that thought Randy Orton should have been canned long ago for his antics. But I could at least go with the rationale (a WEAK rationale, but a rationale nonetheless) that Orton was going to make the company millions and it would be stupid to part ways with him. If TNA decides to stick with Bubba through hate speech allegations, how does that help the company in any way? Why would you potentially tarnish the company's image just to keep some washed up shock jock that isn't going to bring you any more fans and not make you a single dime in the short or long term?
Originally posted by StaggerLeeI'm pretty sure you can't SUE for hate speech. But, I'm no lawyer as well. I know she could sue him for emotional distress. If true, then the guy is a bigger douche than everybody thought before.
You can sue anybody over anything. Whether a lawyer will take your case, & whether a judge will opt to deal with it are different issues.
By filing the lawsuit, the case gets put directly in front of a judge, who is in the position to subpoena the records from AT&T. And I can't imagine a judge in Florida dismissing such an incendiary claim without getting that information.
Although really, not since Austin in the early/mid part of 98 when guys like Foley, Rock and Trip were almost full-fledged main-eventers but not quite has any one individual been asked to carry the company single-handedly on their back.