Sasha Banks has released an official statement following controversial comments made by AEW wrestler Sammy Guevara.
This past Sunday, Guevara took to his Twitter page to poke fun at the appearance of Sasha Banks, comparing her look to that of WWE male superstar Ricochet. Fans immediately took offense to these comments and accused Guevera of racism. Afterwards, fans would discover a 2016 interview in which Guevara spoke about wanting to rape Banks.
“Bro Sasha Banks, oh my god. When I was at WWE the other week I just wanted to go f*cking rape that woman.” Guevara said in the interview.
Banks has issued an official statement on the situation. Take a look below.
“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 behavior. 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, in order 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 any unsafe environment. We all have to do better not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.” Banks wrote.
Guevara took to his social media pages to issue an apology after being called out by fans.
“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.” Guevara wrote on Twitter.
“I also want to apologize to Sasha Banks 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.” he continued.
Banks will appear on tonight’s edition of RAW when she attempts to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, along with Bayley, against Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. Tune into RAW at 8pm ET tonight on the USA Network.