Mickie James Gives Final Statement On Entire "Trash Bag" Story

The ordeal resulted in uproar, apologies, and a firing

Mickie James released one final statement in regards to the entire "trash bag" saga that has been in the news since Thursday.

James, who was released from WWE on April 15, had some of her left-behind belongings shipped to her by the organization, albeit in a black garbage bag, labeled with a piece of tape that had her name on it.

James showed off the bag in photos and video on social media, prompting a massive outcry from fans and industry personnel alike. Other former WWE talents claimed that they received the same treatment upon leaving the company themselves.

By the end of Thursday night, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and John Laurinaitis tweeted out apologies over the matter, and each stated that an unnamed person had been fired over the incident.

Shortly after, it came out that Mark Carrano, Senior Director of Talent Relations, had been fired from WWE.

James' statement released Friday reads, "I would like to address this one last time, then we can all move on. I have so many amazing things on the horizon. The last thing I desire it to have any of that tainted with ugliness and negativity. I take zero pride of joy in the fact that someone would lose their job ever. Especially someone I considered a friend. I am confident that Vince & the McMahons had no idea that this is how we were sent packing.

"It hurt a fragile me much more ten years ago when my belongings arrived on my doorstep, because WWE was my everything. I’ve grown as a woman and a person as much as we all have in this business. I am stronger today than I’ve ever been and smart enough to know that it wasn’t a deliberate attack on me. However, the symbolism can not be denied. I am sorry that a thoughtless and tone deaf act would cost anyone their job. But I am not sorry that I had the courage to ensure it will never happen to anyone else moving forward. So if that’s my final mark in this company moving forward I am ok with that.

"When I first started in this business one of the best pieces of advice I received was, “Just leave the business better than you found it kid” and that has always been my ultimate goal. I love you all so much. I am legitimately grateful for my time at WWE and throughout my whole career. I am looking forward to everything that is next. I truly hope you are too and perhaps you will join me.

"Sincerely and Humbly Yours, Mickie Laree James-Aldis"

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