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Mickie James issues statement following trash bag incident

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Mickie James has responded after her tweet of her gear being sent back to her in a trash bag went viral.

James first responded to Stephanie McMahon, who apologized to James directly after James posted on social media a picture of her gear that was returned to her in a trash bag following her release from WWE on April 15.

“Thank you Stephanie," she wrote. “I appreciate that as I am equally embarrassed. I know this wasn’t a malicious act. However it did feel very symbolic to how I was presented in the last 3 years.”

She later expanded her feelings on the subject, writing the following on social media:

I would like to address this one last time, then we can all move on. I have so many amazing things on the horizon. The last thing I desire it to have any of that tainted with ugliness and negativity. I take zero pride or joy in the fact that someone would lose their job ever. Especially someone I considered a friend. I am confident that Vince & The McMahons had no idea that this is how we were sent packing. It hurt a fragile me much more ten years ago when my belongings arrived on my doorstep, because WWE was my everything.

I am stronger today than I’ve ever been and smart enough to know that it wasn’t a deliberate attack on me. However, the symbolism can not be denied. I am sorry that a thoughtless and tone deaf act would cost anyone their job. But I am not sorry that I had the courage to ensure that it will never happen to anyone else moving forward.

So if that’s my final mark in this company moving forward I am ok with that. When I first started in this business one of the best pieces of advice I received was, “Just leave the business better than you found it kid” and that has always been my ultimate goal. I love you all so much. I am legitimately grateful for my time at WWE and throughout my whole career. I am looking forward to everything that is next. I truly hope you are too and perhaps you will join me.

Sincerely and Humbly Yours,

Mickie Laree James-Aldis

Following the trash bag tweet, Mark Carrano, who was senior director of talent relations, was released from the company. This comes as a number of personnel have been released from the talent relations department, though Carrano’s release is the only one related to the incident.