WWE’s 1992 Ring Boy Scandal came to light in big way recently. Tom Cole, who was 14-years-old at the time of the alleged abuse, just recently committed suicide.
It was previously reported that Tom Cole’s depression was escalated due to how Pat Patterson was “lionized” after his passing. Patterson was not accused of any acts against Cole, but it was alleged that he knew about the abuse and allowed it to happen.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed claims that Lee Cole, Tom Cole’s brother, has made about this situation. He said that WWE paid him almost $20,000 years ago so he would move and stop talking to the press about his brother’s situation.
“Lee was consistently against [WWE] even though they paid Lee $19,999 at one point to basically shut up and move, at least that’s how he described it. They gave him money because he was living in Utica and they wanted him to move out of Utica because the media knew where he was and they wanted him to disappear and not talk to the media; but he continued to talk to the media afterwards which got them very upset after they paid him money. So, that was another aspect of this story.”
Our thoughts are with the family of Tom Cole during this sad time. His passing could have been avoided, and we cannot imagine the pain they must be feeling.
If you or a loved one is battling depression or suicide please contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 800-273-8255.
Transcription by Ringside News