Sammy Guevara has been suspended by AEW based on inappropriate remarks from a 2016 podcast appearance.
AEW issued the following statement this afternoon:
AEW insists on doing our part to create a world of understanding and respect for humankind. We therefore strongly condemn the extremely offensive and hurtful words of Sammy Guevara. As such, effective immediately, Sammy is suspended without pay until further notice. Sammy has agreed to undergo extensive sensitivity training and, upon completion, his future status with the company will be re-evaluated.
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During his suspension, his salary will be donated to the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.
During a podcast appearance in 2016, Guevara was asked about Sasha Banks during a discussion about his tryout at the WWE Performance Center. He said “I wanted to go f**kin’ rape that woman.”
Guevara has since apologized on Twitter, writing: “I’ve made stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments in my past. In my idiotic mind, I thought I was being funny in using words and terms that represent nothing but horror and pain. I am truly sorry for my hurtful words and actions, and I will never forgive myself.”
Banks responded to the apology on Twitter, saying Sammy had contacted her and they had an open discussion, writing: “We have to hold ourselves accountable for our actions and the words we say, and I hope this situation shows him that.”