Last night WWE.com announced that Randy Orton has been suspended for 60 days effective from Wednesday for his second violation of the Talent Wellness Program.
Randy Orton suspended for 60 days
STAMFORD, Conn. – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended Randy Orton for 60 days effective today for his second violation of the company's policy.
This is now Orton's 3rd strike, although only 2 of his strikes are down to breaking the Wellness Program.
Orton's first suspension came on April 3, 2006 when he was suspended for 60 days but wasnt down to breaking the Wellness Program. This first susoension was for "unprofessional conduct," after he was caught smoking marijuana backstage by Bruce Prichard, who reported the incident to management.
Orton's second suspension was on August 30, 2007 and was his first Wellness Policy violation. This came after information was provided by the Albany, New York, District Attorney's Office concerning contracted talent using online pharmaceutical outlet Signature Pharmacy to obtain performance-enhancing drugs and prescription drugs to clients who had not been examined by doctors. Eleven others were also suspended alongside Orton, including Booker T, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Edge, Funaki, Gregory Helms, John Morrison, Mr. Kennedy, Umaga and William Regal.
Source: WWE.com, Rajah