WWE has come out victorious in two more CTE-related lawsuits against the company, as wrongful death lawsuits filed by the former girlfriend of Matt Borne (the original Doink the Clown) and the widow of Nelson Frazier (Viscera, Mabel, Big Daddy V), were dismissed on Thursday.
Borne passed away at the age of 55 due to what was ruled as an accidental overdose, and Frazier died from a heart attack at 43. Both lawsuits claimed that the wrestlers had suffered CTE-related damage during their time in WWE which played a role in their deaths, however, medical reports on Borne did not indicate that he had CTE, and Frazier was cremated without an autopsy, leading to a lack of evidence. In addition, a wrongful death lawsuit can only be filed by an executor or administrator, and Borne’s girlfriend was neither.
The lawyer representing both lawsuits, Konstantine Kyros, was also reprimanded by the judge, who felt that they made “false and misleading statements” and acting unprofessionally throughout the truak. While the judge denied WWE’s request for sanctions agaisnt Kyros, she did make the following statement:
“The court admonishes Kyros and his co-counsel to adhere to the standards of professional conduct and to applicable rule and court orders lest they risk future sanctions or referral to the Disciplinary Committee of this court.”