Monday, January 13, 2020

La Rosa Negra Talks Incident With Tessa Blanchard (Video)

La Rosa Negra Speaks Out On Tessa Blanchard Incident (Video)
Puerto Rican wrestler La Rosa Negra released a video today talking about all the support she’s gotten since the STARDOM incident with Tessa Blanchard was made public over the weekend.

"When I saw those tweets, I was in shock and impressed because, since 2017, people have been pushing me to speak about something that isn't necessary," La Rosa Negra began. "I don't like to talk about my personal life. I like to keep myself private. Reading all of those fellow wrestlers' tweets that supported me and reading their names, it surprised me. And reading the non-wrestlers' comments, I said 'I have to do something.' Because it isn't how it says it was. Maybe people took it wrong. I don't want to be overexposed with this. The female wrestlers know what really happened and why I didn't say anything. Now, I want to clear things up.

"Working in the U.S. and Japan, I didn't disrespect anybody - no female wrestlers, promoters, sponsors, or any fans. That's not me. People who know me know how I am. Everywhere I've worked, they can tell you how I behave. I don't like to talk mean about people. I was there supporting people that helped me or didn't. I don't expect to receive any apologies. It's not necessary. I erased what happened. I gave it to God.

"It saddens me that racism, envy, and bad things exist in sports, it will always be there. As adults, when something bad happens, we can resolve things by talking. There's always a solution. Mine was to forget what happened on that day in April of 2017 in Japan. I think this was a good experience for me because now, I know I have a lot of backup. It's impressive. I didn't know so many people knew about the situation until the Twitter thing. I feel fulfilled. I feel tickled. Nothing will dull everything that I have achieved alone."

Blanchard has denied using the slur, writing on Twitter, "not true. That's my statement and the most attention I'll give it because of how actually ridiculous it is." She has not made any other public statements regarding the incident.