The New York Daily News reports today that the leaders of a second congressional panel have asked World Wrestling Entertainment for information about its steroid-testing program and said they may hold hearings later this year on drugs in pro wrestling. See “More pols want WWE testing info,” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2007/08/02/2007-08-02_more_pols_want_wwe_testing_info.html.
Representative Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat and chair of the House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, and Representative Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican and the subcommittee’s ranking minority member, sent their letter to WWE chairman Vince McMahon days after a similar one was dispatched by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Stearns has been calling for congressional hearings since shortly after the June double-murder suicide in Georgia of wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and their 7-year-old son. “I am encouraged that a hearing may be held this fall,” Stearns said.