AEW’s Matt Hardy has opened up about Jeff Hardy’s personal issues, following Jeff’s recent arrest and suspension.
Jeff is currently suspended without pay after his arrest last week, with his two blood-alcohol tests after his arrest coming in at 0.294 and 0.291, 3.7 times the Florida state legal limit.
It had been well documented that Jeff has struggled with addiction in the past.
“After speaking to Jeff, the last couple of days, he is so remorseful, so embarrassed, he like hates himself. That’s a part of it, too. He has to know, obviously what he did was atrocious and terrible, terrible decision making, but he has to know that people love him. It’s very important. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the individual. You have to keep yourself in check and be on top of yourself.
“You are the only person that can really ensure that you’re not going to go array or in a bad direction, whether it’s because of mental or addiction issues. If you don’t decide to do it on your own, you’re going to kind of half-ass it and you don’t get any positivity or productivity out of it.”.
Opening up about his brother’s addiction, Matt said (H/T WrestlingNews.co):
“I feel like some of Jeff’s issues probably come from our mother dying when he was so, so young. That was always an issue that he carried with him deeply. I know 100%, the biggest thing that drives me to stay healthy and not have an addiction issue at all, because I’m sure I have an addictive personality, but the thing that keeps me running and stronger than anything else is my family, my children, specifically.
“I mean, my wife as well. She would whip my ass as everyone knows. Any kind of chemical addiction that I might have, or would have, all that has been traded in for the addiction of my children. That is a real thing that I love. I think about them growing up and I want to cry. There’s a finite amount of time that I’m going to be able to spend with them so I try to maximize and I want to optimize each and every moment I have with them.
“My job is to raise these young human beings, three boys and a girl, and shape them and forge them into good productive people that are going to contribute to society. They’re gonna make the world a better place. I mean, I know that’s what my mom wanted for myself and my brother and we were on the right path for the first quarter century of our life for sure.
“Once we got into wrestling back in the day, there were times where stuff was kind of thrown on us and we were still really good. We were resilient about things as far as being out of control until we split. That was the first time there were ever really any chemical dependency issues.
“That’s when Jeff was away from me. He was on the RAW show and he was traveling with two guys who were pretty well known for using recreational drugs at that time. That is when Jeff first got bad and he ended up being released in 2003.”
Matt recently addressed accusations that he was drinking with Jeff prior to his arrest, which you can read more about right here.
Jeff is due in court on July 5. We’ll continue to keep you covered with any updates.
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