Over the course of last night, audio from a 2016 interview with Sammy Guevara resurfaced of him making an injudicious comment about Sasha Banks and now the All Elite Wrestling star has apologized for the remark.
In an interview dated January 25, 2016, Guevara was talking about a recent tryout he had with WWE and talked about catching glimpse of Sasha Banks while at the WWE Performance Center. Recounting seeing her for the first time, Guevara made the inappropriate joke that he wanted to “rape her” before continuing on with his story. The audio is captured below in a Tweet shared:
The audio resurfaced shortly after Guevara and Chris Jericho got into a playful Twitter spat with Banks and Bayley over who drew better ratings on their respective shows last Wednesday. Guevara and Banks exchanged barbs on Twitter once it was pointed out that The Boss and Bayley’s NXT Tag Team Championship defense against Tegan Knox & Shotzi Blackheart won “the ratings war” against the competing Guevara & Chris Jericho tag match on AEW Dynamite.
— Mercedes Varnado (@SashaBanksWWE) June 21, 2020
Guevara has since issued the following statement on Twitter, apologizing for his offensive remarks:
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.
I also want to apologize to @sashabankswwe 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.
Banks has also posted the following statement, noting that she’s spoken with Guevara about the issue since the audio was shared online.
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.