A former WWE wrestler claims his account of making a gay man "disappear" as a teen was only a "wrestling storyline."
"It was just the beginning of a damn wrestling storyline ... but OH MY GOD, OMG. Didn't the WORLD buy it??!!" Marty Jannetty wrote in a Tuesday Facebook post.
Last month, Jannetty made headlines for another Facebook post in which he appeared to confess to killing a man in self-defense because the man attempted to rape him.
Jannetty, now 60, provided many details in the former post; he said he had been assaulted by an older man when he was 13 by a bowling alley where they worked called Victory Lanes in Columbus, Ga. He alleged he had tried to buy weed from him. In an interview following the post, Jannetty provided further information, like hitting the man in the head with a stone and dragging his body to a nearby river.
His accounts sparked a police investigation, which Jannetty said is his reason for now recanting the story. "When my Columbus, Ga. Police Department got involved, I knew I had to drop it," he wrote. Jannetty said he has also recently been "red-flagged" by the Transportation Security Administration at an Atlanta airport and was pulled out of line.
"I wanted to call the good people at the Columbus Police Department and tell them, 'nah nah, don't waste tax payers money nor your valuable time..it was just a wrestling storyline,'" Jannetty reiterated.
Jannetty, who rose to fame in the 1980s in the Rockers tag team with Shawn Michaels, claimed he intended for the storyline to involve a wrestling match with a friend and former police officer. "If he wins, he takes me in, in peace. If I win, he leave me alone, in peace ... but sadly now, we'll not get to do that storyline," he said.
In a postscript, Jannetty admitted that some of the details of his initial story were true; as a teen, he had tried to buy weed in a car from a gay man who allegedly traded drugs for oral sex. "He subtly reach over and touched me down there.. and I said, "nah nah, let's get back to work," Jannetty said. "We got out and went back to work..and remained friends..he never touch my d*ck & balls again."
The former wrestler also wanted to clarify that he identifies as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. "I loves all my gay people, I just don't float my boat on that side of the river, loves y'all tho," he wrote.
The Columbus Police Department told TMZ Sports that even after Jannetty's new account, the case is "still open for investigation."