Sammy Guevara uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel on Tuesday the day after AEW announced that he would be suspended indefinitely without pay. For those who missed it, the audio of a 2016 interview resurfaced on Monday showing Guevara joking about wanting to “rape” Sasha Banks. Both Guevara and Banks released statements Monday morning, followed by the AEW announcement.
Guevara started by saying that his vlog was on hiatus and that he would be disappearing from social media for a while while undergoing sensitivity training. Then he apologized several times for what happened.
“I just want to apologize to anyone who defrauds, Sasha, anyone who hurts my words. It just sucks because in 2016 I am not me today,” said Guevara. “2020 would never say that kind of hurtful thing I did in 2016. I used to think it was fun to make some kind of shocking humor, blow up the room I’m in. I thought it would be fun to do this kind of shocking humor. And I didn’t It is. I learned along the way, a lot has happened in four years of my life. I know that many people think that four years is not that long, but if you look at how much has happened it happened to me, from fighting in the middle of the Nothing in Texas until fighting around the world, fighting in different countries, fighting on television at AEW, a lot has happened to me.
“One of the things that has happened is that I am growing as a person,” he continued. “Now I understand that the words I speak can affect people more than I will ever understand, they can hurt people more than I will ever realize. So they won’t catch me saying these hurtful things in 2020. 2016 is a me. very different. That’s not an excuse, I still said those things and I will still pay for those things. But that’s not me. “
He concluded by saying that he will return and that he will be a “better version of myself”.
“I spoke to Sammy before, he apologized and we had an open discussion,” Banks wrote in his response Monday, signing the letter with his real name. “Words like the comments he made, jokingly or not, have absolutely no place in our society! I don’t condone or tolerate this kind of behavior. What you think is only a minor comment can have a massive impact on life. from someone else, and we can send the wrong message. We have to hold ourselves accountable for our actions and the words we say, and I hope this situation shows it. I hope from now on, for growth and change to occur within In our community, we can all continue to have these conversations. No person, man, woman, or child, should be subjected to a feeling of fear, or any insecure environment. We all have to do better not just for ourselves, but for generations to come. ” .
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