Mickie James issues statement addressing trash bag incident

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.

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Mickie truly is a class act, hopefully she lands somewhere and is put in a role where she can succeed. If I were AEW, I would give her a call once she is available.

I also hope that some fans read her words and take some tips as its ridicules that fans who have nothing to do with her or the WWE are taking this harder than she is.

Super over dramatic.

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I think it was genuine. She clearly didn’t want someone to lose their job over this but I think she was pointing out that when you’re already feeling very crummy about what just happened it really sucks to receive another kick in the balls.

We can argue about whether the garbage bag means anything but clearly for her it did. There are probably others as well that would feel similar so it would be nice if the company changed practice to have a little more decency. Yes it’s not the end of the world but it clearly struck a nerve with her snd I doubt she’s the only one.

Already they’re firing people in the middle of a pandemic and record profits so I’m sure they can afford a slightly better container.

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She might be being genuine but it’s still overdramatic. She’s talking about this like it’s a part of the Speaking Out movement.

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She sounds like she is healing from this tragedy and taking time for some self care. Good for her.