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WWE

Takes CNN to the Mat

11/12/2007 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's a case of "he said -- but you didn't get to hear it."

Quizzed by CNN about whether he has ever used steroids, pro wrestler John Cena quickly responded, "Absolutely not!" -- then offered nearly three minutes of follow up. But when CNN made its edit to their special, "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling," Cena's response was replaced with: "People conceive things because performance enhancing drugs have got the spotlight. It's a hot thing to talk about. I can't tell you that I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove that I have."

Needless to say, the folks at World Wrestling Entertainment are pissed! They've posted the original, unedited video on their official website, along with the following response:

"In a country in which the news media is highly suspect, and the quality of unbiased reporting has been thrown into the trash can, CNN has stooped to new depths. Notwithstanding the fairness, or lack therein, of CNN's recent piece entitled "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling," perhaps the best example of how CNN misrepresents and unfairly presents their biased, if not illegal, point of view is the comparison of WWE's unedited video above to CNN's edited version. CNN's depiction of John Cena as it relates to steroids is not only professionally and morally wrong, but damaging to his character." Now 'dems fightin' words!

UPDATE: A rep for CNN has issued the following statement: "CNN has reviewed the footage of Mr. Cena and additional video from that interview has been added to the program which aired in replays of the program on Sunday." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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31.

JAMES    

JUST TO HELP SOME PEOPLE, HE WAS "PLAYING WITH SOME WORDS", JUST LIKE A FORMER PRESIDENT!!!, ANYWAY???. CENA HAS THE "LOOK", OF SOMEONE WHO IS USING, "GROWTH HORMONE". GROWTH HORMONE IS NOT AN "ANABOLIC STEROID". SO HE WOULD BE CORRECT, AS OF STEROID QUESTION. BUT THIS IS A "PERFORMANCE -ENHANCING DRUG", WHICH YOU CAN NOT TEST FOR, IT IS THE SAME WITH EVER MAJOR SPORT. SO SIMPLY, HE INJECTS HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE AND CAN SAY HE DOES NOT DO "STEROIDS!!!. AND HE WOULD BE CORRECT!!!.

2536 days ago
32.

JFetch    

Cena was in bodybuilder competitions at 17. He was tested constantly. The phrase they chose to play was him making a point that nobody believes him if he says he never took them, even though they can't prove it. Some of the comments on here support that argument.

2536 days ago
33.

haha    

It is impossible to get as big as some of these wrestlers or bodybuilders..Think about it..Look how many people diet exercise etc..They never achieve a third of the size of these guys. They're are some genetic freak who are naturally muscular, but that is the minority, and even then they do look overly huge..

I know people who can bench 450 for 10 reps and are just big farm boy type builds. Thats real. YOu only get huge and muscular with steroids.

But who cares if someone wants to take steroids let them. Its their body. Leave them alone.

2536 days ago
34.

Patty    

The question isn't whether you think he takes steroids. Like he said, he expects you to say exactly what you are saying. The question is why CNN would manipulate his words to make it look like he is some pr*ck wrestler admitting something he never did. The first two airings of the show did not even have the words "absolutely not" in them. Just that one line about not being able to prove he has.

It was an obvious ploy to take Cena's words and twist them to make them what CNN wanted them to be. He has a right to answer the question and be heard. Whether you believe him or not is secondary. If they get away with this, how many other people will answer a question and find their answer manipulated to look like they said something they didn't mean? It's wrong and CNN needs to air the whole thee minutes and apologize.Like wrestling or hate it, this has to do with intergrity. Integrity of CNN and of John Cena.

2536 days ago
35.

ROSEMARY SAMANIEGO    

I THINK THAT CNN IS JEALOUS OF WWE SUCCESS THEY WISH THEY HAD A LOT OF VIEWERS WATCHING THEIR PROGRAMS AS WWE. BUT OF COURSE THEY HAVE TO BE LOW LIFE LOSERS AND EDITED THINGS THAT THEY SEE FIT. I AM GLAD THAT WWE EXPOSED THEM FOR THE LIARS THAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU WWE. CNN NEXT TIME PLEASE DO IT RIGHT DON'T TRY TO RUIN SOMEONE'S NAME BY DEFAMING THEIR CHARACTER. JOHN CENA IS A GREAT WRESTLER SO PLEASE DON'T BE HATERS CNN I HAVE TO WORDS FOR YOU SUCK ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

2536 days ago
36.

Angella Douglas    

I knew cnn was'nt cool !

2536 days ago
37.

Meredith    

It seems stupid to respond to a question like that with a "No, but even if I had you wouldn't be able to prove it." That's tantamount to a "yes," regardless of how CNN edited it.

2536 days ago
38.

Biased information    



TMZ along with most other media have been working hard to keep the focus on steroids instead of any other LEGAL drugs Chris Benoit was on. Look at the following site to learn more:


http://www.ssristories.com/index.php


2536 days ago
39.

anonymous    

PILL POPPING MUTTON HEAD

OF COURSE HE'S A STEROID FREAK

FREAK

FREAK

2536 days ago
40.

anonymous    

MASKING AGENTS

SUBSTITUTES

MANY WAYS TO BEAT TESTING

CENA IS A CHEATER AND A STEROID USER

OBVIOUSLY

2536 days ago
41.

joe    

CNN DIDENT SCORE ANY POINTS WITH ITS VIEWERS BY DIMINISHING THERE INTEGRITY IN REPORTING THIS STORY IN THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY DID. THAT SAID /THE WRESTLING FEDERATION BETTER CLEAN UP ITS ACT BECAUSE THE PUBLIC IS GETTING LESS AND LESS FORGIVING OF THESE COVERUPS AND ILLEGAL DRUG USE IN THE NAME OF ENTERTAINMENT.

2535 days ago
42.

Greg    

TMZ contacted a rep for CNN, but they did not immediately return our call for comment.


But...you're...owned by...the........same...company....?

2535 days ago
43.

Big Poppa Pump    

Damn CNN! Come on!

IMO he lied about not doing roids but you still can't come up with creative editing like that.

2535 days ago
44.

i love the 80    

I dont care what he uses I LOVE HIM !!! Hes great! But lets hope hes not I would hate for them to kick him out!

2535 days ago
45.

Cletis    

That guy got big really fast, really fast. CNN is trash, they have no integrity or ethics whatsoever. I would rather have the opinion of a performer in a sport that you know has pre-determined outcomes, than a news organization who strives to determine outcomes through spin.

2535 days ago
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