WWE superstar Titus O’Neil was suspended for 60 days — originally 90 days — back in February of 2016 for “unprofessional conduct” after he made physical contact with chairman Vince McMahon during a show-ending segment on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Nearly two years later, O’Neil is still confused about the suspension.
“I still don’t understand it. I literally put me my hand out and said, ‘Ladies first.’ So I don’t know what the wrong time is to say, ‘Ladies first’ or the right time,” O’Neil said on an episode of Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia. “It’s water under the bridge. It happened and I took ownership of it regardless if I was right, wrong, or indifferent, or if the situation could have been handled different. It happened. I served my suspension and its over with. It goes back to the fact that I know who I am and I know what I did and I know why I did it and God has rewarded me tenfold.”
Here’s video of the incident in question.
Following some social media outrage, WWE released the following statement to the New York Post at the time:
“The suspension of Titus O’Neil had nothing to do with race and everything to do with unprofessional conduct.”