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Matt Hardy & The Substance Abuse that Surrounds His Life

Matt Hardy & The Substance Abuse that Surrounds His Life

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Over the past several years former WWE Superstar Matt Hardy has been battling with legal troubles surrounded by his abusive use of illegal substances. Today on RSN we reflect on Hardy's past.

Matt Hardy was arrested on August 20, 2011 for driving while intoxicated after crashing into a tree, and was released by TNA shortly later. Hardy was later also charged with reckless driving, with a hearing scheduled to take place October 11. Four days later, Hardy was rushed to an emergency room, after falling down in his house.

On August 30, Hardy posted a video on his YouTube channel, which has since been taken down by the site, implying that he was about to commit suicide: "Goodbye, World... My time here is Almost complete... I only have a few hours & minutes... I loved you all... Regardless of how you felt about me... I'll miss you all... September 23, 1974 - August 31, 2011." The video sparked 25 to 30 phone calls to 911 to check on Hardy's well being. Police checked on Hardy and confirmed that he was not planning to commit suicide, with the video apparently being a hoax by Hardy. The stunt drew much criticism; his sister-in-law Beth Britt claimed that "the f---ing joke is over. Stop trying to work the internet." and WWE commentator Jim Ross commented that the "Matt Hardy fiasco [was] totally embarrassing and inexplicable", asking for Hardy to "seek answers". Hardy later claimed on Twitter that the "YouTube Video was not in any way a suicide note.. No words such as death, suicide, kill, heaven or hell were included", and defended his actions as he "needed one last attention grabber to let the World know that Matt Hardy has re-found his true self."

On September 12, 2011, Hardy was arrested on another DWI charge, with a court date set for November 30. Hardy was arrested for the third time in a month on September 14, when his girlfriend Reby Sky called 911, claiming that he was "strung out on pills and needed help". Police found 20 vials of anabolic steroids, one dose of ecstasy, drug paraphernalia and $1,900 in cash after conducting a search of his home. Hardy was arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On September 19, Hardy announced that he was going to check himself into a WWE-sponsored rehabilitation center for the next three months. It was later reported that entering rehab was one of the conditions for Hardy's release from custody on his latest arrest.

On November 19, Hardy was kicked out of the rehabilitation center, with a month left to complete the program, for failing a breathalyzer test. Following this, Hardy was arrested for violating the court order when he returned to Moore County in North Carolina, and was put in the Moore County jail on a $1.0 million bond.

On November 29, Hardy was released from jail on the condition that he complete his court-ordered drug rehabilitation, and his bond from $1.0 million to $100,000, which Hardy posted in order to be released to rehab. If Hardy failed to complete rehab, he would have been jailed again, but on a reduced bond of $250,000. Hardy completed rehab at the end of December 2011.

As you can tell by reading the information above, Hardy has a major addiction to drugs. Hurting his family and friends all so he can get high. Hopefully by now he has gotten his life back together, and we don't see him fall off the horse in the future. As far as a WWE return is concern for Matt Hardy, don't count on it. I seriously doubt any organization such as WWE or TNA would want this guy representing them not to mention, he is a high risk and they cant afford to have them pull a "Jeff Hardy" stunt.
Justin Barr
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