Ahead of her IMPACT World Championship-winning bout against Sami Callihan on Sunday, Tessa Blanchard tweeted: “Hey women, try supporting one another. Cool things happen.”
Numerous professional wrestlers spoke out against Blanchard in response to the tweet, with allegations of bullying and racism made.
In response, Blanchard released the following brief statement on her Twitter account:
“Over the last week I have been accused of calling a fellow wrestler a racial slur. To read this allegation has been personally upsetting. To be clear, I absolutely did not use that word. That word is not in my vocabulary. That word is not in my heart. Racism is not in my heart.
“Yet I know many people have to deal with racism in a way I will never have to. Racism is an awful part of American history, and it is equally awful that it’s still part of our society today. While I did not do what was claimed, I stand ready to use my platform to support the fight against racism however I can.”
I hope everyone will take a moment to read this. pic.twitter.com/gRPUlCYd6a
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) January 17, 2020