Bart Scott’s wrestling stint actually involves wrestling

AP

Uh oh.

When word emerged last week that Jets linebacker Bart Scott will be appearing on TNA Wrestling’s iMPACT! on Spike TV (Thursday, 9:00 p.m. ET), it widely was assumed that Scott’s role would be confined to talking, and perhaps a little posturing, posing, and/or preening.

As it turns out, he’ll be wrestling.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that Scott gets physical in the segment that was taped last week, including “wrestling moves and simulated violence.”  The source was surprised by the extent to which Scott engaged in ring-related activities, which are performed against Kurt Angle (a 1996 Olympic gold medal winner) and Kazarian.

The NFL Standard Player Contract contains clear restrictions on the ability of players to engage in potentially hazardous activities.  Specifically, paragraph 3 provides:  “Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury. Player represents that he has special, exceptional and unique knowledge, skill, ability, and experience as a football player, the loss of which cannot be estimated with any certainty and cannot be fairly or adequately compensated by damages. Player therefore agrees that Club will have the right, in addition to any other right which Club may possess, to enjoin Player by appropriate proceedings from playing football or engaging in football-related activities other than for Club or from engaging in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

Reached for comment as to whether the Jets were aware of Scott’s wrestling, whether they consented to it, and whether they believe wrestling violates Scott’s contract, Jets spokesman Bruce Speight declined to comment.

If/when a lockout is imposed, Scott will be able to do all the wrestling that he wants, without any possible restrictions or limitations from the team.

23 responses to “Bart Scott’s wrestling stint actually involves wrestling

  1. Wrestling isn’t real unless it’s a Freestyle, Greco, or Folkstyle match. This “wrestling” is just entertainment. It tarnishes what it means to be a real wrestler like Dan Gable, Cael Sanderson, Phil Davis, Rulon Gardner, etc. and what those men gave up to become true champions, not some roided out freak with no testicles and anger issues.

  2. well he wont have to wait long since the lockout will be coming Saturday. Having said that, every offseason we see players get hurt by doing something non-football related (playing basketball, flag football, riding motorcycles, etc.) It’s a fact of life that can’t be avoided and the players are going do what they want regardless.

  3. Heaven forbid these grown men do anything other then football. This website, since day one, has been dedicated to tattle-taling on the same athletes it glorifies.

  4. Since it’s not real wrestling, it’s probably far safer than say…some half court pick-up basketball.

    Nothing to see here.

  5. @ dbellina

    All the guys you mentioned, while awesome at what they did, would get DESTROYED by pro “wrestlers”. Most of the guys involved actually wrestled in college. They’re not all just “roid freaks”.

    Kurt Angle won an Olympic gold medal. Pretty sure he could beat Sanderson. And have you seen Rulon Gardner lately? If not, then check out the current installment of The Biggest Loser. Brock Lesnar, while not a pro wrestler anymore, was a national champion in college.

    Most pro wrestlers know how to wrestle. It’s just not what the business is about. If Bart Scott wants to wrestle, then more power to him. Though he should have waited until this week to film his segment to avoid any of these contract issues. Other than that, who cares?

  6. Scott should form a tag team with A.J. Pierzynski. That would be team rivaled only by the Road Warriors.

  7. This is the exact details I read on the incident.

    “They stared each other down, as Angle ignored the several pushes from Scott and Scott did the pieface to Angle as he was trying to leave the ring. This Angle responded to with an ankle lock to Scott and the “Refs and officals had to pull him off”. This is where the show ended with Angle posing in the ring.”

    Considering the ankle lock is a move in which you basically just grab a guy’s leg and pretend to turn the foot, that really doesn’t count as actual wrestling.

    So the whole situation is overblown.

  8. This is awesome, will actually be tuning in to SpikeTV this thurs. Reminds me of mongo mcmichaels and Kevin greene in WCW lol

    Good exposure for TNA

  9. bcgreg says:
    All the guys you mentioned, while awesome at what they did, would get DESTROYED by pro “wrestlers”. Most of the guys involved actually wrestled in college. They’re not all just “roid freaks”.

    While it is true that some “pro” wrestlers were college and/or Olympic champions, WCW/WWE style “professional” wrestling is a bunch of silly play acting that is about as dangerous as participating in the choreographed fights in Hollywood films. It is a bunch of silly nonsense for 10 year olds and 20 somethings suffering from Peter Pan syndrome.

  10. “Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

    Ask Steve Smith what happens . . .

  11. @juancorsair

    Uh, no.

    Pro wrestling has a 100+ year rich history, it was never meant for children until Vince McMahon started creating cartoon characters in the 80s

    Don’t knock what you don’t understand

  12. GOLDBERG….GOLDBERG….GOLDBERG!!!

    But seriously, Scott better watch out that instead of passing the blood packet to Scott as they do to simulate getting cut open, Angle doesn’t pass him some of the meds that got him kicked out of the WWE.
    Although I guess with the CBA done in a few days, its every lineman, corner and quarterback for themselves. Booze, drugs, extreme sports…its all fair game.

  13. I didn’t know acting was considered an “activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury”.

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