Wrestler Sammy Guevara Suspended For Joking He Would Rape WWE Star Sasha Banks
A podcast released in 2016 has come back to haunt wrestler Sammy Guevara who joked that he would rape WWE star Sasha Banks.
The All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has suspended Guevara for the comments he made in the podcast that suddenly resurfaced and went viral.
In the audio, 26-year-old Guevara said:
“Bro, Sasha Banks… oh my God. When I was at the WWE the other week I wanted to just go f****** rape that woman.”
In a statement released by AEW, it announced that it had suspended Guevara. The statement read:
“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 within the company will be re-evaluated.
“During his suspension, his salary will be donated to the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.”
An apologetic Guevara has now apologised for his “stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments.”
Guevara had earlier tweeted two separate apologies, one of which was directed to Banks specifically. He said:
“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.”
In the second he added:
“I also want to apologize to @sashabankswwe for my unacceptable comments.
“She’s an amazing person who didn’t deserve to be the brunt of my offensive remarks.
“I spoke with her earlier & she helped me learn a gigantic lesson & I thank her for that. Once again, I’m sincerely sorry.”
Speaking about the rape joke, Banks revealed she had had a telephone conversation with Guevara regarding the comments. In a statement, she said:
“Earlier I spoke with Sammy, he apologized and we had an open discussion.
“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 behaviour. What one thinks is just a side comment can have a massive impact on someone else’s life and 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 him that.
“I hope from this point on, for growth and change within our community to take place, we all can continue to have these conversations. No person, man, woman or child, should ever be subjected to a feeling of fear, or an unsafe environment.
“We all have to do better not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.”
Guevara is one of AEW’s top stars, while Banks competes for rival brand WWE.