Four U.S. senators are speaking out in a new article about WWE‘s involvement with the Saudi Arabian government, with one suggesting the President’s administration get involved before Crown Jewel.
William Steakin from the Independent Journal Review spoke with members of Congress on Thursday to get their opinions on the upcoming event in Saudi Arabia.
For those unaware, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week. The team of people who allegedly murdered him reportedly dismembered his body with a bonesaw at the order of the highest levels of the Royal Court.
According to CNN, Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence which proves this.
Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut told IRJ, “I’d hope that they [WWE] would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom especially with respect to events coming up in the next weeks…”
“Private enterprise is private enterprise, different than a governmental entity,” Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey told the Independent Review Journal. “But because [Linda McMahon] is part of the president’s cabinet, it falls into the grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it.”
As we previously reported, Crown Jewel is the second event following a lucrative long-term deal between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority. During the first event, Greatest Royal Rumble, a propaganda-like advertisement aired praising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Senator Chris Coons from Delaware told IRJ that WWE should be “taking a hard look” at this partnership and controversial Senator Lindsey Graham said “there should be a pause.”
WWE released a statement on Thursday which states they are “monitoring” the situation.