Man Killed By Wrestling Move – 2 Charged With Manslaughter
A night of heavy drinking and a move made popular by wrestlers of the WWE have landed two Louisiana men in jail on manslaughter charges. Authorities believe that the death of Steven Knight most likely was the result of a wrestling move known as an elbow drop.
Two men, Scott Pomeroy of Westwego, and James Ferrier of New Orleans have been booked on manslaughter charges in the death of Knight. An autopsy report from the Jefferson Parish Coroner suggests that Knight died from blunt force trauma that severely lacerated his liver and spleen and broke several ribs.
Law enforcement officials say the three men had been drinking heavily on Saturday and when Knight was unconscious from drinking Ferrier delivered elbow drops at least twice to the man's body. The police report does say that the three men and had been "horse-playing" prior to what authorities believe were the fatal blows administered to Knight.
The story reported on NOLA.com does reflect that authorities believe Knight's death was not the result of foul play and the two men had no intention of harming their friend.
While authorities do not believe the WWE or any particular wrestling association is particularly connected with this unfortunate incident there seems to be an inherent responsibility. Should those ensembles make it point to encourage fans not to try these extreme feats of physical prowess at home or unsupervised?
I do know that WWE has offered warning messages, especially to children, on the dangers of these moves. Yet, those warnings quite often are disregarded.
Each year many people, including children, are injured by attempting to copy moves seen on television or in person at wrestling events. Obviously, common sense should prevail but it doesn't. While the idea might seem nonsensical and a great way to "cull the herd" or "drain the shallow end of the gene pool". The fact that children emulate their heroes is disturbing.
I know in this instance these were grown men who were drunk. But what about those wide-eyed 8-year-olds who just saw some of the biggest names in show business fly across a ring in front of thousands of cheering fans? I think parents might need a little help from these "idols" in explaining the difference between trained professionals and a potentially dangerous activity.