Impact Wrestling World champ Tessa Blanchard has released another statement in which she denies a past alleged incident of calling another wrestler the n-word.
Blanchard released a statement on Thursday saying:
“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 its 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.”
As we previously reported, ex-Impact star Sienna aka Allysin Kay went public over the 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 has since done an interview backing Allysin’s claims.
Other women have also come forward saying they had knowledge of the incident, including AEW wrestler Big Swole who said she’s been trying to deal with the situation in private since last year.