It had been previously reported that AEW superstar Sammy Guevara was suspended without pay, due to some incredibly inappropriate comments that he made via Twitter in 2016 towards Sasha Banks. However, at the conclusion of last night’s episode of Dynamite, The Spanish God made his return to the company.
AEW President/CEO Tony Khan was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated regarding the situation and Guevara’s return to the company. You can see highlights from the interview below:
On Sammy Guevara’s suspension/return to the company:
“Sammy completed four weeks of extensive sensitivity training, and his curriculum included subject matters of tolerance, gender, race relations, and why people’s words matter,” said Khan. “During his suspension, he was very contrite. I asked him to use that time to try and become a better person, and I think he did.
“Sammy was off television for a month and suspended without pay for 30 days, and I think it was the right time for Sammy to come back because he’s shown that he’s very sorry and that he can change. He’s spent every day over the past month trying to prove that.”
On the Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s response to the situation:
“The Women’s Center of Jacksonville put out a very nice statement about how this terrible situation has turned into a positive. Sammy completed the entire curriculum we put out in front of him. He was clearly committed to change.”
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On Guevara earning his return to the company:
“I meant what I said about re-evaluating his status with the company based on his conduct,” said Khan. “Sammy needed to make a lot of strides to keep his job and make amends for stuff he shouldn’t have said. None of us knew he said those things, and it’s stuff that was years old, but that doesn’t make it right.
“I think Sammy was very happy to have an opportunity to apologize, publicly and privately, and do something to turn a terrible comment he made into something positive.”
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