Jake Roberts is apologetic for having commented on Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat's health.
Last month, Roberts said on his podcast that he'd heard that Steamboat was having health issues. Though he did not divulge any details, Jake was worried that he was partially responsible. For context, Roberts' remarks were prompted by a discussion about his and Steamboat's infamous concrete DDT spot from a 1986 episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event.
On May 17, Ricky would set the record straight during a virtual signing, saying that he is fine and that his doctor is constantly surprised at how well his body is performing.
All that said, Jake is now worried that he could lose his longtime friendship with Ricky.
During the latest episode of his DDP Snake Pit podcast, Roberts offered an apology to Steamboat for speaking about his health without checking with him first. He added that he is ashamed of what he did and hopes they can reconnect and make amends.
"I've got a heavy heart today, man. Last week, we were talking about someone who I hold in the highest regard. Nobody higher, and I value our friendship as much as I do Dallas and mine. He's just a lovely, lovely man. Last week, out of concern, I brought up something that I had no business bringing up because I didn't check who said it. Number one, you should never, and folks out there you should learn from this, you should never talk about someone unless you check the facts. I said that I'd heard that Ricky (The Dragon Steamboat) was having problems with a mental aspect. I did it out of concern and love and fear. Fear that I'd been the reason that maybe that he was having problems. The good news is he's not having any damn problems.
I repeated something that I'd heard from what I thought was a very good source. Someone that spends time with him, and I was totally wrong in doing it. I'm ashamed that I did it. I am so scared that I'm gonna lose my friendship with him. I reached out with no luck. Ricky, I certainly understand you have the right to kick my butt, whatever, just don't shut the door on our friendship. That's all I ask. I would really miss that. Number one talent. Nobody better at selling. A phenomenal athlete. Phenomenal man. A great human being, and please, let me come back in. Thank you," Roberts said.
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