Originally published at Mickie James issues statement addressing trash bag incident
One day after her post revealing her belongings had been returned in a trash bag, Mickie James has issued a statement addressing the matter.
On Thursday, James made a post revealing that items of hers were returned to her by WWE inside of a garbage bag. The sentiment left a bad taste with many people, including WWE officials Paul Levesque, John Laurinaitis, and Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, who publicly responded and said the individual responsible has been fired.
Dear @VinceMcMahon Im not sure if you’re aware, I did receive my @WWE care package today. Thank you. #AlwaysBlessedandGrateful #WomensWrestlingMatters 💋 pic.twitter.com/PyDC7ZC9lG
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 22, 2021
The transfer of items in a trash bag appears to be a practice that other former workers at WWE have had with Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Jillian Hall sharing similar experiences.
James issued the following response to Stephanie McMahon’s apology over the issue:
Thank you Stephanie. I appreciate that as I am equally embarrassed. I know this wasn’t a malicious act. However it did feel very symbolic to how I was presented in the last 3 years.
In a separate post, James addressed the incident and her departure:
I would like to address this one last time, then we can all move on. I have so many amazing things on the horizon. The last thing I desire it to have any of that tainted with ugliness and negativity. I take zero pride or joy in the fact that someone would loser their job ever. Especially someone I considered a friend. I am confident that Vince & the McMahons had no idea that this is how we were sent packing. It hurt a fragile me much more ten years ago when my belongings arrived on my doorstep, because WWE was my everything. I’ve grown as a woman and a person as much as we all have in this business. I am stronger today than I’ve ever been and smart enough to know that it wasn’t a deliberate attack on me. However, the symbolism can not be denied. I am sorry that a thoughtless and tone deaf act would cost anyone their job. But I am not sorry that I had the courage to ensure it will never happen to anyone else moving forward. So if that’s my final mark in this company moving forward I am ok with that. When I first started in this business one of the best pieces of advice I received was, “Just leave the business better than you found it kid” and that has always been my ultimate goal. I love you all so much. I am legitimately grateful for my time at WWE and throughout my whole career. I am looking forward to everything that is next. I truly hope you are too and perhaps you will join me.