Sullivan’s punishment was confirmed in a statement issued to Forbes‘ Alfred Konuwa, with the company saying they will also set up meetings with Sullivan (Dylan Miley) and other groups to further discussion about the power of your words and social media:
“WWE supports a culture of inclusion regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we are committed to embracing all individuals as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Dylan Miley (aka Lars Sullivan) will be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past. WWE will also facilitate meetings for Dylan with community organizations to foster further discussion around the power of social media and the impact of your words.”
The posts linked to two accounts used by Miley before his WWE career were made between 2007-2013. Miley’s history on the forums has been brought up online in the past, most recently after a Reddit post summarized and linked them, which got more attention from the pro wrestling community. The New Day’s Big E and Kalisto had both addressed the allegations on their respective Twitter accounts, and candy giant Mars Wrigley also responded to a fan query about the matter, issuing the following response:
We learned of Lars Sullivan’s comments recently and share in your shock and disgust. As a values-based company, we find his behavior abhorrent and unacceptable. We have engaged the WWE to discuss this situation and seek to understand what actions they will take to swiftly address this matter.
Miley had already issued a statement on the matter (sent to outlets via WWE) where the rising WWE star issued the following apology:
“There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”