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Wrestling legend Jerry 'The King' Lawler suspended from WWE after domestic violence incident

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Jerry "The King" Lawler addresses the audience at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jerry 'The King' Lawler, known by many as the voice of wrestling, has been suspended by the WWE after a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.

According to a WWE statement, Lawler and his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, were taken into custody on an alleged charge of domestic assault - bodily harm.

The wrestling organisation, famously run by Vince McMahon, has decided to suspend Lawler indefinitely while the case continues.

"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest," the statement said.

Lawler earned the nickname 'The King' due to regal jackets and crown, which were ever-present during his march to the ring. He subsequently moved to the commentary table, where he verbally spared with Jim 'JR' Ross for years.

Lawler suffered a heart attack on the air in 2012, but returned to action after a short recovery.

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