A second knowledgeable source tells me that World Wrestling Entertainment’s chief in-house lawyer, executive vice president and general counsel Jared F. Bartie, has been fired. In the previous post, I said that Bartie, who was No. 5 in the corporation’s administrative hierarchy, had been suspended for a sexual-harassment episode during WrestleMania week in Arizona in late March.
Bartie no longer can be found on the Executive Officers page of the corporate website (http://corporate.wwe.com/company/executive.jsp). Though the October 7, 2008, announcement of Bartie’s appointment is still among the news releases at the website, a click on the search result for his bio jumps to the Bartie-free Executive Officers page instead.
Tomorrow I’ll again ask WWE communications head Robert Zimmerman to clarify Bartie’s status. I’ll also ask the Linda McMahon campaign for comment.