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Nancy Grace Walks Out of Radio Interview After Heated Exchange About Wrestler Deaths

October 11, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

– Nancy Grace received considerable criticism from both within the wrestler industry and outside over the April 2014 episode of her HLN show in which she interviewed Diamond Dallas Page over wrestling-related deaths following The Ultimate Warrior’s passing. Page was one of those people, claiming after the show that Grace had ambushed him and pointing out that a list she had shown of early wrestler deaths while discussing steroids included several names people that did not die by way of steroids including Owen Hart.

Now, Grace is back in wrestling news after she walked out of an interview on The Jim & Sam Show after getting in a heated discussion with Sam Roberts about that episode. You can see the full video below as well as a transcript (the latter courtesy of Wrestling Inc) in which Roberts confronted her ovcer the show. Grace claims in the exchange that “I don’t think it was ever said that those guys died from steroid overdose,” which is technically true, although it was implied by the fact that she discussed steroids in wrestling, then put up the list which did not state any causes of death.

Roberts and Grace go back and forth on the topic, with Roberts pointing out how many people within the industry criticized her handling of the issue and Grace saying that she’s trying to advocate for those who get into the industry and aren’t aware of the risks. Roberts tells her that most wrestlers who watched the episode weren’t happy with it, which Grace disputed and said that the hosts were attacking her before walking out of the interview.

The partial transcript starts below, followed by the video. Grace’s final episode of her HLN show airs on Thursday.

Roberts: You took a lot of heat too, for the report you did when The Ultimate Warrior died and you brought on DDP the wrestler, and you were talking about wrestlers dying of steroids and drug overdoses, things like that. When steroids weren’t involved in The Ultimate Warrior’s death…

Grace: No they were not.

Roberts: And on the people you listed, you listed a whole bunch of wrestlers that had died before they were 40. Some of the wrestlers you listed, one of them had fallen from the ceiling, one of them had been shot, there were all these guys, all these names…

Grace: I don’t think it was ever said that those guys died from steroid overdose.

Roberts: No, but you said that there’s…

Grace: Early deaths and untimely deaths in wrestling history.

Roberts: But you established the argument that there’s drug abuse and steroids, then you said… here’s a list of wrestlers that died young. So you didn’t say that’s why they died…

Grace: I really believe that professional wrestlers are not protected. I think everybody gets a big kick out of watching them and whether the wrestling is real or not, people love watching it. I think that those wrestlers, those women and men that go in the ring are not protected. I don’t think anybody is ever looking out for them and I think that they are used badly.

Roberts: So if that was your intention and of course I can believe you on that, you’re telling me that, what goes through your mind when a lot of wrestlers see your report and come back at you with venom, saying you’re not representing us, you’re not telling our story and what you’re portraying isn’t happening.

Grace: Then I’m sorry they feel that way.

Roberts: That’s the way most wrestlers responded. The wrestlers that were on your show, Diamond Dallas Page, who was on your show, was furious. I don’t know if you remember, about coming on your show. He said he came on under false pretenses.

Grace: I do remember. I thought he was a perfect gentleman, he could not have been nicer. And I don’t want him to feel bad. I feel bad that he feels bad. But the fact remains, in the wrestling industry there is a very high occurrence of untimely deaths for a lot of different reasons. I feel it’s the industry’s fault. I don’t think these guys and women, but mostly guys are the ones dying inordinately young, I don’t think that they are told all the risks of what they’re getting into.

Roberts: So when the people you advocate for when you’re saying this, this is your intention to advocate for these people. When the people you’re advocating for come to you and say, “we don’t need you doing that for us, we don’t like what you’re doing, don’t do it.”

Grace: I’ve rarely had that happen.

Roberts: It happened in this case.

Grace: Yes it did, with that wrestler. He did not like the way the show went.

Roberts: And most wrestlers that watched that…

Grace: I disagree with you.

Roberts: I talk to wrestlers all the time…

Grace: I know you talk to wrestlers all the time and you have talked to several wrestlers that said that but that does not mean most wrestlers.

Roberts: A huge amount.

Grace: So, the fact that you have talked to some wrestlers that said that, I hear you, I respect that and I am sorry they feel that way. I really don’t know what else you want me to say.