AEW superstar Scorpio Sky recently apologized for homophobic tweets he made back in 2011. As one half of the company’s inaugural Tag Team Champions, Sky is experiencing a push forward at the moment, but his previous mistakes appear to have resurfaced as a result.
As quoted by Fightful, Sky told Chris Van Vliet how much he’s grown as a person since making the homophobic comments. The tweets in question saw him refer to people as “f*ggots.” Sky tried to defend his actions at the time by saying that he wasn’t referring to LGBTQ people. However, according to Sky, he regrets that period of his life and realizes how wrong he was to use such disrespectful language.
“I’ve learned a lot from it and I’m definitely a different person now than I was then, and I learned that there is certain language that is completely unacceptable not only in the public eye, but in your personal life as well.”
Sky revealed that he has reached out to Nyla Rose and Sonny Kiss — two of AEW’s LGBTQ performers — to explain his actions after they joined the company. According to Kiss, both performers were very understanding of the situation, and the three of them have been close friends ever since.
Kiss jumped to defend Sky. Speaking to Outsports, Kiss said that Sky is a different person now and is willing to let bygones be bygones.
“I absolutely love Scorpio Sky! We have all had times in our lives where we have said or did things that we regret or are not proud of. The fact that he is owning up to his wrongdoings and have addressed them publicly says a lot about the type of person he is.”
As documented by Bleacher Report, part of AEW’s mission statement is inclusivity. In an interview, chief brand officer Brandi Rhodes discussed how the company is open-minded and aims to sign the best talent, regardless of their gender, skin color or sexual orientation.
The company has also banned fans for demonstrating bigoted behavior. At this year’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, an audience member was banned from attending all future events after making transphobic comments about Rose.
However, the company has received some criticism over the signing of Jake Hager. The former WWE superstar is a vocal supporter of President Trump and is known to retweet political pundits — such as Candace Owens — who have been accused of sharing bigoted opinions.