That seems to be the message WWE principal owner Vince McMahon is sending to his roster in a bizarre decision about one of its superstars.
McMahon originally suspended Titus O’Neil for 90 days unprofessional conduct after O’Neil playfully grabbed McMahon’s arm while he was walking backstage after Daniel Bryan’s retirement ceremony on this week’s "Monday Night Raw."
However, the New York Post reported late Wednesday that the Stamford-based organization had scaled back the ban to 60 days.
There was backlash the suspension was racially motivated. The WWE denied that to the Post
“The suspension of Titus O’Neil had nothing to do with race and everything to do with unprofessional conduct,” WWE said in a statement.
The Post added that WWE claims O’Neil “acknowledged the gravity of his mistake” in a text message.
“I feel like sh** now so if you have to let me go, I understand. Stupid mistake,” he wrote, according to WWE.
The punishment seems stranger considering 1) the incident did not take place during the live broadcast on the USA Network and was only seen by those tuning into the WWE Network after the show, and 2) O’Neill does more charity work than almost any other WWE superstar and now this sets him up to miss WrestleMania 32 on April 3.
Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista took to Twitter suggesting O’Neil should ask for his release.