"ABC still very much wants him to wear it," says Wallenda's manager Winston Simone. "As many people feel it takes away from the event, there are also more who think having an event where someone could die have a bigger reaction."
But Simone believes the tether will become a non-issue. "The issue is whether he'll be able to make the walk across the falls on a high wire, not whether he lives or dies," says Simone. Simone says if Wallenda has to wear it or he can't do it, he will wear it to not only keep his network partner happy, but to keep his dream live.
The tether has been designed for Wallenda.
"I understand it's something that would trail behind him in the incredibly unlikely event that he would fall, he would hang until people could come out to rescue him," explains Simone, who adds the tether would be attached to his belt.
Simone says Wallenda has been practicing with it and is able to adapt to it and predicts a successful walk June 15th.
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