WWE NXT Diva Has Three Year Old Racist Tweets Surface Online [Updated]
Nhooph Al-Areebi, better known by her WWE NXT Diva ring-name Jasmin, is about to become the latest contracted talent mired in a racism controversy.
Late on September 8, two three-year-old tweets, dated February 11, 2012, surfaced, revealing racist comments made by the 20-year-old Diva. An additional tweet dated September 25, 2011, also surfaced.
Twitter user Brittin95 was the first to reveal the tweets. His account has since been protected. One of the tweets in question was in response a prior Twitter conversation between two independent parties, where Al-Areebi responded by saying “Why are black people so horny?” Screen shots of the tweets, each containing racially motivated and insensitive language, can be found on Tumblr.
Al-Areebi’s Twitter account, “isntshelovely_4,” has been deactivated since the news broke. At the time of this writing, Al-Areebi remains part of the WWE website, including a recent interview describing her family’s values.
“I have a typical Arabic family. We’re very conservative. I grew up in Canada, but I’m a first-generation Canadian. My parents are from the Middle East. We had strict rules. There were certain things I couldn’t wear, no boyfriends, strict curfews. They were hard on me about school. I had to get good grades.”
Based on the dates of the tweets, Al-Areebi (born in 1994) would have been in high school at the time they were made.
Al-Areebi signed a developmental contract with the WWE in April 2015, along with Australian talents Jessica McKay (now performing as Billie Kay) and Cassie McIntosh (now performing as Peyton Royce) and a host of male performers. Prior to entering the WWE, Al-Areebi appeared as “Jasmin Areebi” in independent promotions such as Squared Circle Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling and Alpha-1 Wrestling. She made her professional debut in January 2013. She was based out of Ontario, Canada before relocating to Orlando, Florida.
This news comes on the heels of Zahra Schreiber’s recent release from the WWE for Nazi-sympathetic remarks made on her Instagram account. Much like Al-Areebi’s, the posts in question were made by Schreiber before entering WWE’s NXT Performance Center.
Earlier this year the WWE also cut ties with Hulk Hogan, removing him from their Hall of Fame and releasing him from a his legend’s contract, for racist remarks made over eight-years prior.
While it is easy to speculate what action the WWE will take on in response to Al-Areebi’s three- and four-year-old tweets, history would dictate that it could be both swift and harsh. Given the WWE’s fast response to both Schreiber and Hogan, a response is expected on Wednesday.
Editor’s note: The Inquisitr’s editorial team has received an official statement on the matter from WWE.
“WWE conducted a thorough investigation and has determined that Nhooph Al-Areebi’s (aka Jasmin) Twitter account was used without her knowledge when she was 16 and 17 years old. Jasmin remains apologetic for any offensive remarks that were made.”
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