Soon after the apparent suicide of promising boxer Najai Turpin, there's rumor blaming Stallone upcoming reality show, The Contender, to be responsible for the incident. Attending Turpin's funeral, Stallone who admits to be very shocked by the incident, doubts his show is linked to it. Rather he says that it maybe Turpin's personal problems, which he doesn't know about, cause him to do so.
Admits Turpin to be an incredibly brave who sometimes has a child side in him, not only Stallone loves him so much, but also he loves what he stood for. In fact, Stallone says that Turpin's presence will remain throughout The Contender series, which is set to premiere March 7.