Impact champion Tessa Blanchard has once again addressed recent allegations made against her on Twitter by other wrestlers and claims to have never used a racial slur of any kind.
During a conference call with the media on Thursday, Blanchard was asked by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp about all the controversy surrounding her the weekend she won the Impact title.
As we previously reported, ex-Impact star Sienna aka Allysin Kay went public that weekend about an incident that took place in Japan in 2017 involving Tessa and a wrestler named Black Rose. According to Sienna, Tessa called Black Rose the n-word in the locker room and spit in her face. The woman in question backed her claims and other women stepped forward with allegations of bullying.
In response to this, Tessa says she chose to step away from social media for a little while because of what was happening and noted that she knows everyone isn’t going to like her.
Blanchard also admits to making mistakes in her past and facing challenges, but adds, “I’ve never used a racial slur of any kind. It’s just not in my heart, it’s not something that I’ve done. It’s not something that I will do. It’s just not true.”
“Some people, they look at social media and someone will make an accusation, someone will say something, and then everyone hops on the bandwagon,” Tessa continued. “We’ve all got our own stories. There’s a side of everyone’s life that’s public and there’s a part that’s private. There’s a part that’s for all the world to see and can be judged by anyone that’s actually interested in it, and it’s very unfortunate that some people resort to saying certain things, but it’s just not true.”
“To see your coworkers and to see your peers say things about you, some things that are just not true about you, it did hit me very hard, but I’m the kind of person who has extreme mental strength,” she additionally stated.
The 24-year-old Impact champion also explains that she used the controversy as fuel to be the best version of herself that weekend in order to be a role model to young girls/other young wrestlers.
“Not everyone is gonna like you. I’m going to build my own legacy based on my work ethic, not by trying to win some popularity contest.”
Listen to her comments below (this part begins around 37 minutes into the video).