What a waste of time this whole endeavor has been.
WWE star Jack Swagger was arrested last night in Mississippi, TMZ has learned -- after allegedly driving under the influence ... with pot in his car.
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ, Swagger -- real name Jacob Hager -- was leaving a "Smackdown" taping at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi when he was pulled over for speeding.
According to law enforcement, the officer who pulled him over determined Swagger was driving under the influence -- and a search revealed Swagger was in possession of marijuana.
We're told Swagger -- a former WWE World Heavyweight champ -- was taken in by local police officers ... and later released on his own recognizance.
He has been charged with DUI (not alcohol), marijuana possession, and speeding -- all misdemeanors.
We reached out to WWE, who tells TMZ, "Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions."
What the f**k, Swagger? Were the marijuana laws so laxed on MARS that you forgot that it's still pretty verboten on planet Earth, let alone the continental United States? It doesn't matter that it's a dumb law, the rules are the rules you lisping jackass. Now because of your wreckless abandon wrestling fans are losing their minds and Twitter is exploding with that stupid "WEED THE PEOPLE" hashtag (okay, I admit it, I kinda wish I'd thought of that).
This is super disappointing for two reasons:
1) Swagger's anti-immigration right wing nut character was really starting to grow some legs, and his program with Del Rio was primed to be one of the more interesting feuds heading in to WrestleMania. Now we might as well kiss it goodbye. WWE is not going to put a guy who was recently arrested for drug possession and driving while intoxicated into one of their headlining programs. WWE will punish him, I can guarantee that. Not only is marijuana use illegal in Mississippi, it's part of WWE's wellness policy. If they decide to test him right now he's going to have a lot more to worry about than missing his WrestleMania match-up.
2) I don't really care a whole lot about the marijuana use because that law is pretty dumb, but I care a whole hell of a lot about the DUI. Long time readers know about my disdain for people that choose to drink and drive, but just in case you're new here this is it in a nutshell: If you drink and drive, you can go f**k yourself. HARD. I know that they're saying this wasn't alcohol related, but the message is the same; if you drive while impaired you're a dickhead. When someone decides to drink and drive (or smoke pot and drive, or whatever) they're basically saying to everyone "Hey I don't give a shit about your safety", which is goddamn terrible. Call me lame or over reactionary or whatever, but I'm fine with being uptight about this because one day you might be the person that slams into my car and kills me because you just couldn't inconvenience yourself with NOT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
Just, goddamnit Swagger. Goddamnit. If you're going to drink or smoke or whatever don't drive. It's not hard.