On Monday, All Elite Wrestling announced they had suspended Sammy Guevara without pay for an indefinite period. The Spanish God will undergo sensitivity training and his salary will be donated to the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
AEW wrote: "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."
The suspension came after Guevara made inappropriate comments on a podcast in 2016. He said: "Bro, Sasha Banks. When I was at WWE the other week (working as an extra), I wanted to just go and f*****g rape that woman."
Guevara posted a video on his YouTube channel yesterday and again apologised to Sasha Banks and everyone he harmed with his comments. He also stated he has grown as a person over the past four years and will come back as a better version of himself.
Sammy said: "I just wanted to get on here real quick and just say there's gonna be no vlog today and there's gonna be no vlog for a while. I'm gonna take a hiatus from social media in general. I just want to apologise to anyone I let down, to Sasha, to anybody I hurt with my words. It just sucks because 2016 me is not me today. 2020 me would never say those kind of hurtful things that I did in 2016.
"I used to think it was funny to do some kind of shock humour to pop the room I'm in but… I thought it would be funny, man, to do that kind of humour, this shock humour, and it's not I learned along the way. A lot has happened in four years of my life. I know a lot of people think four years is not that much time but if you look at how much has happened to me in my life from wrestling in the middle of nowhere in Texas to wrestling all around the world, to wrestling in different countries, to wrestling on TV for AEW. So much has happened to me in four years and one of the things that's happened is me growing as a person.
"I understand now the words I say can impact people more than I'll ever understand. They can hurt people more than I'll ever realise, and that's why you will not catch me saying these kind of hurtful things now in 2020. 2016 me is a very different me, and that's not an excuse, I still said those things and I'll pay for those things, but that's not me. I think along these four years more than anything I feel like what I've done is I've grown as a person and I've become better.
"And just know whenever I do come back, I will be better. I'm gonna do sensitivity training and I'm gonna be a better version of myself. And so again, sorry for anybody I let down and to Sasha and to anybody I hurt. I will be back. Until then, take it easy, I'll see you when I see you.'"