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Nancy Grace being blackballed by WWE over Ultimate Warrior coverage

Nancy GraceTV host Nancy Grace is being blackballed by the WWE over the way she covered The Ultimate Warrior’s death, according to a report.

TMZ says past and present WWE wrestlers are being warned not to appear on Grace’s HLN show after she had Diamond Dallas Page on her program last week and strongly insinuated Warrior’s death was rooted in steroid and drug abuse.

We reported on Grace’s coverage of Warrior’s death and pointed out that she had a scroll of wrestlers who had died young and included Owen Hart on the list, even though Hart’s death was a total fluke due to a complete malfunction during an event rather than steroids or drugs.

Grace’s coverage was enough to upset the company to the point that they don’t want anyone appearing on her program in the future.

The way the program covered the death was simply irresponsible and unprofessional.

Nancy Grace implies Owen Hart died from steroid use; Mick Foley calls for apology

Owen-HartThe death of The Ultimate Warrior earlier this week has led to a lot of discussion about steroid use in professional wrestling. The WWE legend was just 54 years old when he collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona and died suddenly. Warrior, whose real name is James Hellwig, has admitted he used steroids during his wrestling career.

On Wednesday night, Nancy Grace had a segment on Headline News dedicated to drug use among current and former WWE wrestlers. During the coverage, a list ran that showed a number of wrestlers who died at a young age as Grace spoke with an expert about the dangers of anabolic steroids. One of the names on the list was Owen Hart.

Wrestling fans can tell you that Hart died at 33 in one of the most tragic and shocking accidents in WWE history. An equipment malfunction resulted in Hart falling to his death during a WWE pay-per-view event. Former wrestler Mark Curtis, who died of stomach cancer at 38, also appeared on the list.

While Grace did not say that Hart and Curtis died because of drug use, that was clearly the theme of the segment. WWE legend Mick Foley called for Grace to apologize.

And as The Big Lead noted, it is far too early to determine if steroid use was a contributing factor in The Ultimate Warrior’s death. While we certainly agree that steroid use is dangerous, throwing names of the deceased around and associating them with drug use is irresponsible journalism.

Also see: Ultimate Warrior speech on RAW is chilling in light of death (Video)