The Backstory: WWE's "Emma", (real name Tenille Dashwood), was spotted by a loss-prevention officer at a Connecticut Wal-Mart walking out of the store seemingly without paying for an iPad case worth about $21.00.
In court, pleading against a sixth degree larceny charge of shoplifting, Dashwood's lawyer said that it was a result of being confused with the self-serve checkout system.
The result? Dashwood was found guilty and sentenced to 1 day of community service.
Following the conviction, WWE issued a statement that Emma was released from the company.
"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Diva Emma as of today, July 2, 2014. WWE wishes Emma the best in all her future endeavors."
A few hours later, WWE came back with this statement:
"Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law."
For the record, several WWE superstars have a rap sheet. Depending on the severity of the incident, very few afew have been released while under contract.
As for Emma's "punitive action"? Well, in the spirit of believing this is an innocent mistake, I hope the action isn't too severe. I've got an idea, why not make her come to the ring doing some ridiculous dance or something?
Just kidding - I love the dance.