The #SpeakingOut movement dug up Sammy Guevara’s past and made him the center of controversy till AEW was forced to suspend the Spanish God without pay until further notice.
In 2016, Guevara had cracked a racist joke on a podcast during which he also made derogatory comments about Sasha Banks. Owing to the #SpeakingOut movement, those past comments resurfaced and Guevara got suspended.
Following his suspension, Guevara uploaded a video where he issued an apology for his hurtful words from 2016. The 26-year-old star has agreed to undergo sensitivity training and AEW will evaluate his status following the successful completion of the same.
“I just want to apologize to anybody I let down, to Sasha, to anybody I hurt with my words. 2016 me is not me today. 2020 me would never say those hurtful things. I used to think it was funny to do some kind of shock humor, to pop the room I’m in. A lot has happened in four years of my life. One of the things that has happened is me growing as a person. I understand now that the words I say can impact people more than I’ll ever understand. They can hurt people more than I’ll ever realize. You will not catch me saying these kind of hurtful things now in 2020. Whenever I do come back, I will be better. I’m gonna do sensitivity training and I’m gonna be a better version of myself.”
Guevara is still under contract with AEW. The young athlete has been a key figure of Dynamite every week. It remains to be seen how AEW will address his absence from The Inner Circle as well as storylines this Wednesday night.
Guevara’s colleague, Jimmy Havoc, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct is in rehab and his status in the company will be addressed on successful completion of the program.