Booker T has spoken about the Jordan Myles t-shirt controversy that dominated headlines yesterday.
Booker spoke to Brad Gilmore on his Hall of Fame podcast about the situation, and admitted that he feel the situation could have been handled much better.
He also said that during his time with the company, he was always aware of what his t-shirt designs would look like before they went on sale.
“I’ve had several t-shirts and every time I’ve had a t-shirt all the way up until the Hall Of Fame which was the last one they made, I think, they came to me and they have given me several different designs as far as, ‘I don’t like this one, I don’t like this one, I don’t like this one.’ Even going back to WCW, every time I had a t-shirt I was part of the process, every time I knew exactly what it was gonna look like, so therefore I don’t know how this t-shirt got out without him actually knowing about it first and foremost.”
He also discussed the fact that his and Mark Henry’s name had been thrown into discussions around the shirt.
“It’s not our job to step up and defend Jordan Myles over his t-shirt, okay? Now one thing I can say about the t-shirt, it’s not a good looking t-shirt, alright? It’s an ugly shirt. I can say that. The t-shirt has a black background to it, now 90% of the t-shirts that are made got a black background to it, okay? Did it look like blackface? Maybe some people on social media say it’s that. There’s a lot of negative people on social media that is looking for anything that they can possibly find to make racial, okay? First and foremost, it happens all the time.
“So therefore, is it a racially driven concept of a t-shirt? Me personally, in 2019 I cannot think that the guys actually went into it thinking, ‘let’s make a racial shirt about Jordan Myles.’ Me personally, a lot of people may think that, but I just don’t think that the firestorm is not worth going through this. It’s just not. So therefore, is it something that should have been discussed? Is it something that should’ve been talked about? Yes, but this social media crap is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. You could be working at Jack-In-The-Box and if something happened, you want to go to social media and talk about it? Your job is your business with that company. It’s not for the world to come in – I don’t know when the last time somebody on social media signed my check, okay? Alright? Now you say, ‘Okay, just because people on social media don’t sign your check, they shouldn’t know what you’re doing?’ You damn right! That’s why! They have no reason to be in my life from a business aspect, okay? And I’m venting a little bit right now because I’m a little hot about it because my name has been thrown in it, first and foremost.”
Booker’s main issue was how Myles decided to air his grievances on social media, as he feels this kind of issue should be dealt with privately rather than on social media.
“Something like this, if it does come up, it should be handled and it should be handled behind closed doors. Now I say that because I have had many of racial issues that I have dealt with in this business and not have one of them have ever been on social media. I’ve never complained to social media about any racial situation that I’ve been in and I’m gonna tell you right now, if anybody knows me, anybody in this wrestling business knows Booker T, they know exactly what I’ve gone through and how I have handled every situation. There has never been a racial issue that has gone over my head or I have swept under the rug. Every single time I someone has said anything racial around me, I’ve handled it!
“Social media and your business, they don’t go together, okay? That’s just my opinion on that and leave my name out of this crap. ‘Stand with you,’ ‘stand behind you,’ I’m standing way back on this one, alright? Because I tell you, this could have been handled a whole lot differently…this is not a Colin Kaepernick moment, okay? Let’s just get that straight, first and foremost.”
Transcription: Dominic DeAngelo