Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tessa Blanchard Issues Statement On Racism Allegations

Tessa Blanchard Issues Statement On Racism Allegations
Tessa Blanchard finally spoke, posting a statement on Twitter about recent racism allegations.

As noted, several wrestlers claimed that the newly crowned Impact World Champion spewed racist remarks to La Rosa Negra during a backstage altercation in 2017 and called her the N-word.

Allysin Kay (the former Sienna), Shanna and Renee Michelle claimed that the incident happened. Shanna claimed that Tessa "more nasty stuff in Japan", while Michelle said that La Rosa Negra asked her to not say anything about the incident because she was afraid of being blackballed.

In her statement, Tessa wrote:
"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."
Earlier this week, La Rose Negra spoke about the incident. She said that she was glad that the situation was brought up, but would like to move on from it.