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Jeff Hardy's WWE contract has been torn up after reportedly declining the company's offer to provide substance abuse help.
Just a few days ago, the 44-year-old was sent home from the WWE's tour after walking out of the ring and into the crowd during the middle of his three-way tag team bout alongside Drew McIntyre & King Xavier Woods.
He was eventually replaced by Rey Mysterio, but didn't return to celebrate the team's victory.
Hardy has a history of substance abuse and it's understood he was going through some stuff mentally on the evening of the bout.
The stunt left wrestling fans, including WWE officials, scratching their heads.
Now the organisation has acted by releasing the former WWE and world heavyweight champion from his contract after he allegedly refused to enter a rehabilitation centre following the incident.
Fightful has learned WWE has released Jeff Hardy- Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 9, 2021
"I did speak to Jeff for a little bit today and he's OK, he's good," Jeff Hardy's brother Matt said.
"I think he'll be fine, but once again, this isn't my business and if he wants to go into it in more detail then he'll do it himself.
"Jeff is OK. He is at home and he is OK. It's not my business.
"It's not my story to tell or explain and besides that, I wouldn't be able to do it justice anyway because it's not from my perspective so I love my brother and I just want my brother to be OK and healthy."
Jeff Hardy transcends race, age, sex, gender, class, nationality, everything. You show a 45 year old dude in Slovakia Jeff Hardy he gonna start putting up the hand signal and doing the dance.- khris. (@notKHRIS) December 9, 2021
Jeff Hardy along with Matt as the Hardy Boyz, helped mold my love for professional wrestling. I was able to share a ring with Jeff on multiple occasions and enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you for just being Jeff Hardy- PRIME Alexander (@CedricAlexander) December 9, 2021
Jeff Hardy is so beloved by his fans and his peers. I've never heard a negative word about him & he's always treated me with such kindness. Just wishing him and his family the very best.- Ettore "Big E" Ewen (@WWEBigE) December 9, 2021
I got to compete against Jeff Hardy on Main Event. I made the assumption that Jeff was going to take it "easy." Jeff says "Nah man, I've been waiting for this match. Let's tear this sh*t up." He was incredibly giving. I sincerely hope for the best for Jeff and his family. pic.twitter.com/m7Qp1XOo6t- Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) December 9, 2021
Jeff Hardy getting No More Words back was one of my favourite moments of the year. pic.twitter.com/2cjq1bi5lH- Fiending For Followers :bangbang: (@Fiend4FolIows) December 9, 2021
Since his return to the ring, Hardy seems to have been on the straight and narrow, although he has had run-ins with the police over alcohol and drug-related offences in the past.
Back in 2009, he was slapped with a 10-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to felony trafficking in opium, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
10 years later, the wrestling icon was arrested for public intoxication and driving under the influence in a seperate incident.
Jeff is good.- Beth Hardy (@BethBrittHardy_) December 9, 2021
We are good.
Post that you "heard" that.
Shortly after he was released, Jeff's wife tweeted: "Jeff is good. We are good. Post that you "heard" that. Thanks."
There are obviously concerns for his wellbeing, but it's good to hear that he is alright.
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