Jerry Lawler Explains Why He Doesn’t Think His Son Hung Himself In Jail

Jerry Lawler
Photo Credit: Action News 5 Memphis

It looks like there may be foul play surrounding the passing of Brian Christopher Lawler.

Jerry Lawler, father of the late former WWE Superstar who reportedly died after hanging himself in Hardeman County jail, recently spoke out about the incident in an interview with Action News 5 out of Memphis, Tennessee.

According to “The King,” the details surrounding his sons passing do not “pass the smell test.”

“Brian being my son, I knew him, everybody around him who knew him and they all have expressed doubts,” said Lawler, when talking about not believing that his son hung himself. “We’ve received literally countless calls, text messages from people, actual eyewitnesses, that were in the jail and saw things that happened on the actual day that Brian died that now has opened up a new can of worms. It just doesn’t seem like it was suicide.”

From there, the WWE Hall Of Famer recalled being informed about his son being in a fight in jail prior to his untimely passing.

“I talked to Brian Saturday morning 11 o’clock the day he died,” Jerry said. “He talked perfectly normal, perfectly rational.”

A couple of hours later Lawler’s fiancée, Lauryn, got a call from the jail.

“Lauryn got a call about 2 in the afternoon that said Brian had been in a fight in the jail. An inmate was actually playing cards with Brian when the altercation happened when Brian got hit,” said Lawler.

Jerry claimed that witnesses described Brian as “bleeding from the head [and] asking for medical help” that he reportedly didn’t receive at the jail. A few hours later, he received a call informing him that Brian had hung himself with his shoelaces. However, photos taken of Brian show marks on both sides of his neck, but not in the front or the back.

“Just look at his neck and look at his hand,” Jerry said. “You can see the lines on his neck all the way around here to here and what would be the length of your hand as if he was trying to keep the pressure off.”

Lawler’s lawyer, Ted Hansom, concurs.

“I think the pictures indicate something other than someone hanging himself with a shoelace,” Hansom said.