Knox County Mayor-elect Glenn “Kane” Jacobs knows that being involved in politics means that he will have to deal with opponents coming out of the woodwork to try to take him down.
This week, Jacobs had to respond to a letter sent out to several media outlets that attempts to connect him to “rampant steroid use” in WWE.
Al Thompson, the founder of Protect Our Youth from Steroids (POYS), claims that “Jacobs was perfectly fine with, for many years, surrounding himself with steroid users plus illicit drug and steroid dealers every day while on tour … Jacobs’ duties, as I understand it, will include some oversight over law enforcement in Knox County.”
Jacobs denied his claims in an interview with the Knox County News Sentinel. “I do not condone steroid use or the use of any illicit drugs,” he said. “I think that’s very bad. I’m a bit of a health nut, and I just think it’s just really bad. No, I’d never do that.”
Thompson also says that the “Kane” stage name should have been listed as a campaign donation and that Jacobs supports steroids because he accepted $6,000 campaign donations from WWE CEO Vince McMahon and wife Linda.
“Well, one of (those donations) was from the administrator of the Small Business Administration of the United States (McMahon’s wife, Linda),” Jacobs said. “So, I’m pretty proud of that … it’s always nice when someone from the President’s Cabinet supports your political endeavor. I’m just very happy and proud to have their support, that’s what matters to me.”
Jacobs is not ruling out a return to WWE while serving as mayor but his main focus right now is to bring a pay-per-view to Knoxville. He says that he hasn’t spoken with WWE officials yet about that possibility.