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Monday, February 28, 2011
Does Bart Scott get physical in wrestling ring?

By Rich Cimini

Bet you never thought you'd read about professional wrestling in this space, but here goes:

As many of you probably know, Jets LB Bart Scott is a huge, lifelong wrestling fan and will appear on TNA Wrestling's iMPACT Thursday night on Spike TV. It was announced last week. On Monday, NBC's Pro Football Talk, quoting an unidentified source, said Scott's appearance (taped last week) involves "wrestling moves and simulated violence." The report suggested that Scott may have violated the standard player contract by engaging in physical activity outside football.

First of all, doesn't all of professional wrestling involve simulated violence? There's probably a better chance of sustaining an injury in flag football than inside a professional wrestling ring. As for Scott's appearance, he didn't do any wrestling and simply acted as a "bodyguard" for Hulk Hogan, according to his agent, Harold Lewis. In other words, he was just there for show, fulfilling a boyhood dream.

"He was not wrestling!" Lewis wrote in an e-mail to ESPNNewYork.com. "He was only the bodyguard for some small, helpless guy named Hulk Hogan. It was nothing more than an appearance."

A Jets spokesman declined to comment.