Amanda Huber, the widow of former AEW and WWE star Brodie Lee (Jon Huber), has taken to Instagram to address fan criticism of how often All Elite Wrestling features her son, Brodie Lee Jr.
Known as -1 of The Dark Order, Brodie Jr has been permitted to feature on numerous AEW shows since his father's tragic passing, with AEW President Tony Khan even signing him to a legitimate contract that will begin when he turns 18-years-old, so long as he wants to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
Brodie Jr's involvement in the AEW product has led to some fans criticising the company for exploiting him, something Huber has now commented about on social media.
She wrote on her Instagram Stories that her son has a huge passion for wrestling and visiting AEW is a privilege for him, with school work taking the priority. She added that having that connection with AEW helps both her and Brodie Jr, while thanking Megha Parekh, the Chief Legal Officer of AEW and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Margaret Stalvey, the Legal Coordinator of AEW and the Jaguars.
The full statement can be read here:
I’ve loved pro wrestling my entire life. It’s been my world for 19 years now. I still love it more than most things in this world.
I try to ignore the s--t online, but know I see it. I see the snide comments about Brodie’s involvement. The use of the word exploitation. It’s disheartening.
Our world crumbled.
AEW has helped us pick up the pieces.
It’s easy to be distrustful of any corporation and I’d be lying if I didn’t constantly think the rug was going to get pulled out from under me. It hasn’t. Even when it felt like everything was pulled out from under me, this wasn’t.
They let Brodie feel like he’s a part of something. Notice there’s no storylines involving him. Just him being connected to a huge part of him that’s missing.
What everyone doesn’t see on the other side of social media is a kid who is carrying so much grief yet so much joy. A kid who is excelling in his therapy. A kid who despite the worst few months of his life got 10-A’s and 3-B’s on his report card last week. On days we go to AEW you are all missing him doing his school work from a hotel room because going to AEW is a privilege. Or sitting with Aunty Megha working in math problems.
They also make me feel like I’m a part of something. We make the drive every other show so I can spend time with people who remind me of the best parts of being alive. People like @meghalegalgirl10 & @margaret.stalvey who sit in the crowd next to me and let me vent & cry & laugh & breathe in a world that wants me to be weighed down with grief.
My Instagram isn’t grief porn. It’s never going to be a place where I want people to come and feel sorry for me. It’s photos of my journey. So come join me. Just know I didn’t die the day my husband did, I’m very much alive and full of fight. I’m not made of glass. I’m a diamond and like a wise friend shared with me, ‘hard times put the shine in the diamond’.
H/T Wrestling Inc