Stuck in Traffic? WWE Wellness Policy Sheds Light on Why Eva Marie May Have Been Suspended
72 hours may have been the difference between a red hot run and an ice cold roadblock for “All Red Everything” Eva Marie.
On Thursday, August 18, 2016, WWE announced the suspension of Eva Marie, star of E!’s Total Divas and one of the recent draft picks to WWE’s Smackdown Live brand just a month before. As promised by her husband, Jonathan Coyle, in a tweet that he soon deleted, an “official statement” was released by Marie on Instagram shortly following her suspension.
“I am disappointed that this suspension has occurred, yet understand and respect that WWE upholds their Wellness Policy to the letter and won’t compromise on its integrity. I violated policy by not turning in portions of required paperwork in the time frame WWE Medical deemed timely. I look forward to my return! Thank you for your support.”
The up-and-coming superstar did not state specifics in regard to the time frame for the paperwork. With that said, looking to the WWE Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy, specifically at Section 13 on “Procedure for a Positive Test”, it seems like Eva Marie had 3 days to turn in all necessary paperwork and, as she stated, did not turn in “portions of required paperwork” in time. This is extremely timely considering her storyline absense from her scheduled Smackdown Live match due to being stuck in traffic.
The aforementioned section of WWE’s policy includes the following:
“It shall be the responsibility of WWE Talent to provide, if not already provided, to the Medical Director, within seventy two (72) hours of notification of a positive test, suitable proof that the substance in question has been taken pursuant to a valid prescription (or TUE) for a legitimate medical purpose given by a licensed and treating physician, and to provide in accordance with the terms of this Policy, copies of the prescription(s) providing the dosage and duration instructions for proper use (or in the case of a TUE, a valid TUE letter issued by the PA) and the name, address and telephone number of the prescribing physician.”
On August 19, TMZ published a story alleging that the substance Marie was suspended for was Adderall, often used to treat ADHD. TMZ added, “Eva is adamant she had a prescription, and will appeal the punishment”.