Hey, it’s mid-April already and we haven’t yet blamed pro wrestling for someone else’s neglect. Well, all is right with the world, as friends and family say a 9-year-old boy was just trying to imitate his favorite WWE wrestler when he jumped off the roof of his 13-story apartment building.
Damori Miles, a special education student in Brooklyn, N.Y., never showed up for a playdate Tuesday evening, but was found on the ground outside their public housing project with a string and plastic bag attached to him as a makeshift parachute. So naturally the first person to blame is WWE wrestler Jeff Hardy, because Miles was a big fan.
Shakar [Murrel], Damori’s best friend, said his pal was imitating his favorite PlayStation2 game, “WWE SmackDown vs Raw.”
“He tried to do a swan dive like (Jeff Hardy) does in ‘SmackDown.’ That was his favorite game. He played it all the time,” Shakar said.
First of all, let’s give kids a little bit of credit. A nine year old knows that Jeff Hardy does his finishing maneuver from the top rope, not the top floor of an apartment tower. Even a pre-teen understands gravity.
“It’s terrible. The kids try to imitate what they see and they think they can fly,” said family friend Sumore Murrel, 29. “I need to keep a better eye on what they are playing or watching. Kids are so impressionable.”
Since Damori was a special education student, then maybe the blame lies with whoever should have been looking after him? The door to the building’s roof was open, and the alarm broken, so blame the city. Clearly no one was watching him, so blame the parent. But don’t blame a video game or wrestling.
Robert Zimmerman, a spokesman for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), said the video was designed for ages 13 and up and none of the characters use parachutes or jump off buildings.
“The death of Damori Miles is a tragedy and our condolences go out to his family,” he said. “We should allow the authorities to conduct a full investigation… including insecure roof access, before conclusions are made about this unfortunate incident.”