Jack Swagger has beeb arrested for DUI and marijuana possession after being stopped in his vehicle in Biloxi on Tuesday this week.
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WWE star Swagger, whose real name is Jake Hager, was pulled over by Mississippi police after "Smackdown" tapings wrapped up around midnight.
The incident could prove costly to Hager's career - as Jack Swagger he was receiving a big push back into the limelight by WWE management. He returned to WWE Monday Night RAW on Feb. 1 after a five-month absence.
Also just days prior to his arrest Swagger earned a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the "Elimination Chamber" PPV.
He also was placed into the spotlight even further when he recently featured in a WWE video to challenge Glenn Beck to appear on Monday Night RAW after some comments made by the TV personality.
The WWE challenged Glenn Beck after the talk show host criticized the World Wrestling Entertainment by calling those involved "stupid wrestling people."
Beck's comments came as he was speaking on The Blaze, and after Beck had previously accused the WWE of degrading Tea Party advocates by characterizing them as racist, as well as offering a portrayal that was inaccurate and unrealistic. The WWE had introduced a wrestler called Jack Swagger, which had sparked the criticism.
WWE's Jack Swagger was cast by wrestling organizers as a conservative, tea-party-ish villain with a xenophobic fictional manager, Zeb Coulter.
Swagger had a well-publicized Wrestlemania matchup against Latino star Alberto Del Rio, but Swagger was scripted to rant out against immigrants as he stood in front of yellow flags commonly flown at tea party rallies.
Glenn Beck has said that the WWE's portrayal of Swagger was hugely inaccurate. He rebuked the WWE saying, "I can take it from a lot of people. I can't take it from the stupid wrestling people."
Wayne Keown's character, Zebediah Colter, in return challenged Beck saying that the TV personality was basically calling the 14 million WWE fans stupid. However, at the same time he also explained that 20 percent of WWE's audience was Hispanic.
Colter has said, "We are in the entertainment business. Everything we do as our characters is designed to tell stories. Right now the story we're telling is that Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are using the current, relevant, and topical story of immigration to target the WWE world champion Alberto Del Rio. Also a character played my my friend Jose Rodriguez. In our story, we are the antagonists, and Alberto is the protagonist."
He also issued a challenge to Beck, saying: "You know, Glenn, many of your followers are WWE fans and they understand the difference between reality and entertainment. Are you so out of touch with your own audience, Glenn, or are you just a stupid political commentator."
Beck has responded to the WWE challenge to appear on its Monday night show, posting on his Twitter account: "Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else."
Here is a video of the challenge: