Former WWE Superstar and current SmackDown commentator David Otunga is being investigated for domestic battery against girlfriend, Jennifer Hudson, according to TMZ.com. Otunga announced shortly after that he will not be appearing at this Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Hudson alleges that Otunga grabbed their son and pushed her out of the way, leaving her in fear. Police are now investigating a possible misdemeanor charge against Otunga, per TMZ.com.
The couple had been together since 2008, and became engaged later that year. In 2009, Hudson gave birth to a son, David Jr. However, Otunga and Hudson are in a custody battle for their son (now eight years of age), which is TMZ.com claims is the reason why he chose to remove himself for Survivor Series on Sunday.
The former NXT star was part of the Nexus alliance that invaded WWE in 2010. Otunga won two WWE Tag Team Championships and a pair of Slammy Awards. Pro Wrestling Illustated also named him the 2010 Rookie of the Year.
Otunga retired from the ring but has been commentating for the WWE since 2015. Following the 2016 WWE Draft, Otunga worked full-time on the SmackDown commentating team but was moved to Raw following the Superstar Shake-Up.
It remains to be seen if Otunga will be replaced for Survivor Series. It’s possible that Byron Saxton or Corey Graves fill in for Otunga. WWE only has two days to find a suitable replacement for Otunga.
If Otunga is arrested, he will be suspended immediately by the WWE, per the company’s policy. A conviction would automatically have Otunga’s contract terminated by the company as well.
The investigation has only started, and it could take months until police make a decision on whether or not to charge Otunga. This is a story worth following since it could absolutely determine his future with the WWE.
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