Further Reading on WWE Wellness Policy, Concussions, Dr. Joseph Maroon, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The cover story in the current Pittsburgh City Paper on the World Wrestling Entertainment wellness policy is very poor, possibly the least informative and coherent article of that length yet published on this subject. Writer Charlie Deitch lays out the company line while omitting huge swaths of pertinent history – such as the elimination of steroid testing for ten years, the non-suspension of star Randy Orton after he appeared on the Signature Pharmacy customer list, the hole-riddled testimony of the McMahon family to the staff of the Waxman Committee, and the full background stories of very recent dead wrestlers Umaga and Lance Cade.

Really, a line-by-line critique would give City Paper’s effort here more attention than it deserves. Those of you who would like to read it for yourselves can go to http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A88609.

Those of you interested in hard reporting on the Pittsburgh doctors who administer for profit, while arguably somewhat ameliorating, the WWE death mill, see the links below from this blog over the last year.

 

Irv Muchnick

 

December 14, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: LINDA McMAHON’S WWE MEDICAL DIRECTOR MET WITH CHRIS BENOIT BRAIN EXPERTS IN 2008

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December 30, 2009

PAGING DR. JOSEPH MAROON, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR SENATE CANDIDATE LINDA McMAHON’S WWE

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March 18, 2010

WHERE DOES WWE MEDICAL DIRECTOR FIT IN SHAKEUP OF NFL’S CONCUSSION COMMITTEE?

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March 18, 2010

EDDIE “UMAGA” FATU AUTOPSY: 406 POUNDS, ENLARGED HEART

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March 19, 2010

WATCH THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONSULTANT FOR LINDA McMAHON’S WWE PIMP AN UNREGULATED SUPPLEMENT ON YOUTUBE

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March 19, 2010

HOW NOT TO GET A GIG WITH WWE’S CRACK MEDICAL TEAM

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March 30, 2010

UMAGA AUTOPSY TURNS FOCUS TO LINDA McMAHON’S WWE CARDIO PROGRAM AND DOCS

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March 31, 2010

WWE DOCS GOVERNED BY “PRIVATE” PITT MED CENTER ETHICS POLICY

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March 31, 2010

WWE MEDICAL TEAM BIOS – 5 OUT OF 8 ARE FROM PITT MED CENTER

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April 6, 2010

WWE CARDIOLOGIST BRYAN DONOHUE’S  SUPPLEMENT COMPANY HAS PR FIRM THAT DOESN’T DISCLOSE HIS EQUITY INTEREST

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June 20, 2010

DR. JOSEPH MAROON SIGHTING IN EXCELLENT NEW HAVEN REGISTER ARTICLE ON WWE AND STEROIDS

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June 28, 2010

BRAIN INJURIES IN LINDA McMAHON’S WWE AND THE NFL – WHERE SPORTS AND “SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT” OVERLAP

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July 7, 2010

NFL EXPLAINS: MAROON STILL ON COMMITTEE, ONLY CONCUSSION “LEADERSHIP” HAS CHANGED

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August 18, 2010

TREATMENT OF WWE PERFORMER CHARLIE HAAS IS A STUDY OF LINDA McMAHON’S CHARACTER

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September 9, 2010

MORE ON THE 2008 MEETING OF LINDA McMAHON’S WWE MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT THE WEST VIRGINIA BRAIN INSTITUTE

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October 14, 2010

DEATHS IN LINDA McMAHON’S PRO WRESTLING INDUSTRY DO NOT = STEROIDS. THE DEATH PANDEMIC IS “STEROIDS-PLUS”

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October 14, 2010

WRESTLING JOURNALIST MELTZER: WWE MEDICAL DIRECTOR’S QUOTE IS “MIND-BOGGLING”

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October 16, 2010

WWE MEDICAL DIRECTOR “DISHONEST,” SAY 76% IN WRESTLING OBSERVER READER POLL

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November 8, 2010

ROAD MAP TO NEW GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS OF PRO WRESTLING

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November 20, 2010

CONCUSSION ISSUE REACHES CRITICAL MASS IN AMERICAN CULTURE AND POLITICS

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1 Response to “Further Reading on WWE Wellness Policy, Concussions, Dr. Joseph Maroon, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center”


  1. 1 Keith Harris December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

    “Medical examiners ruled that Guerrero died a natural death due to arteriosclerotic heart disease — a hardening of the arteries. However, according to the Associated Press, officials said that past anabolic steroid use enlarged Guerrero’s heart and other organs, contributing to his death.”

    If Eddie Guerrero died a “natural” death, then why did WWE have his widow seal his death certificate, so reporters like Charlie Deitch have to rely on second hand sources like the Associated Press?

    It’s also always nice to see William Regal wheeled out as the poster child of the Wellness Policy and another reporter failing to mention that he was caught up in the Signature Pharmacy scandal and later failed a company drug test.

    I also found it funny that Deitch gave McDevitt credit for helping “establish a medical-testing program to protect the wrestlers’ health”.


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