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TMZ.com has picked up the story on Michael Cole calling fellow WWE announcer Josh Matthews a "faggot" earlier today via Twitter. This is exactly what WWE didn't want to happen. You can expect the story to appear in numerous media outlets now that TMZ has picked it up. It's obviously not good news for WWE, especially with Michael Cole set for a main event match at WrestleMania 27 next Sunday. Here is the TMZ.com article:


Less than two weeks after the WWE and GLAAD teamed up to say they were going to work together to curb homophobic slurs in wrestling, one of the WWE's top announcers tweeted one at a fellow announcer.


Earlier today, Michael Cole simply tweeted one disgusting word towards fellow announcer Josh Mathews. Cole quickly took down the tweet and apologized.


The WWE and GLAAD announced a partnership on March 17 to try and put an end to bullying based on sexual orientation after a series of homophobic taunts was made by wrestler John Cena.


WWE said at the time: "WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."


A rep for the WWE tells TMZ, "WWE has alerted GLAAD to the situation and spoken to Michael Cole about his post. He has removed it and apologized for using hateful language. Michael will be included in the training session being done by GLAAD. WWE takes this very seriously and is against discrimination of any kind based on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or other."


A rep for GLAAD could not be reached for comment.


TMZ.com has also posted screen caps from Cole's tweet. It should be noted that Cole earlier tweeted that he was not told to issue an apology. WWE's statement to TMZ.com contradicts that statement. Once again, damage control at its finest folks! I can't imagine Vince McMahon is thrilled with this either. Good luck at RAW Monday, Michael!


From ewrestlingnews.com



TMZ screen cap.


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Lawler was a heel wrestler. Cole is the lead WWE announcer. And it's 2011, not 1996.


Lawler was heel commentator in 1997 when it happened. He had a match with Goldust in his hometown as a one-off. I don't see why you think it would be OK back then, but not now? Raw was TV-PG like today.

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Dont temp Cole. He'll play the "peadogeddon" card with Lawler given half the chance. I cant help but laugh a bit. Not having a go at gay people or condoning the word, but calling Josh Matthews a "faggot" over twitter is so out of the blue its funny. It wasnt done to exploit anything, it wasnt done to sell t-shirts, it wasnt done to get cheat heat. He just randomly said it. How mental. You cant predict wrestling sometimes. This lot need to be policed on everything. Jericho was talking about how some people shouldnt be on twitter if they didnt know how to use it, and was bashing people for saying stupid things. Then he just started saying "Screw UFC fighters" and encouraging them to "bring it bitches", while he was pissed one night. Twitter is the 2011 version of the unscripted promo. Its class. Twitter's new slogan should be "Brian Pillman with an iphone".

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You really think there's a chance Cole will play the "paedogeddon" card against Lawler? There's not a chance WWE would allow a man thats worked for them for the best part of 2 decades as an alleged paedophile.


EDIT: Which isn't to say that Cole might not "shoot " on Lawler's preference for women several decades younger than himself.

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Could have swore blind that the etymology of the word faggot has largely been such that it is now a desexualised insult in the US, clearly not in the 'tabloid' media though. There was a thread on here about it and other insults in August

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