Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff recently spoke to Sports Illustrated. Here are some highlights….
“The protocol is just this: We recognize the dangers that are inherent in professional wrestling. More specifically, the possibility exists of a wrestler suffering a concussion during a match, and we take all injuries very, very seriously. When we are alerted or when we feel there is an injury, we immediately defer to the medical professional on staff.”
On Kelly Klein’s concussion:
“I wasn’t there, but I was made aware that Kelly did not realize she was concussed until sometime after the match. That hour could very well be a true lapse of time. But as soon as she reported she was concussed, she received immediate attention. Kelly declined the option to go to the hospital at that point. Ring of Honor had management present at the event, including the hired operating agent for the tour. I will tell you that as soon I learned about it, I texted her and she told me she appreciated my text and told me she was fine.”
“That was not a company decision. It was a lapse of judgment from one of our administrators who emotionally wanted to prevent our company from further attack. We never would condone this, and we apologized immediately privately to Kelly and remedied the situation as soon as I found out about it.”
Click here for the full interview.