IMPACT Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace has shared a statement apologising for her comments about Chris Benoit.
Grace recently faced backlash on Twitter after stating that she doesn’t believe Benoit could hang with today’s top stars, ending her post with ‘also may he burn in hell’. She later argued that Benoit should never be defended.
Her words prompted responses from several notable wrestling names including Konnan, who pointed out that after Benoit’s death, doctors determined that he had been suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), something many feel had an impact on his actions and subsequent death.
On Twitter, Grace shared a screenshot from an Instagram livestream with David Benoit, Chris Benoit’s son. Also sharing a statement, Grace wrote:
Last week I made an irresponsible and unnecessary tweet. Regardless of how my personal emotions influence my opinion, I should have recognized the impact my words would have on friends and family close to the situation. I was completely thoughtless in that regard.
Since reflecting this past week, I’ve reached out privately to friends and family that I angered or hurt.
Among those was David Benoit, Chavo Guererro, and Chris Jericho, who are supporting me in the decision to partner and fundraise with the Concussion Legacy Foundation (formerly Sports Legacy Institute). I have pledged $5,000, with the overall campaign goal being $20,000.
I’m acutely aware that the damage has been done. I would never intentionally add onto the suffering of those already dealing with such a traumatic event, and I am sorry for my insensitivity and aggravating this already delicate topic. This is my way of attempting to squeeze something positive out of the negative situation I created. Thank you in advance to everyone who donates.
Here’s a link to the fundraiser page.
Please read & share. Link is in comments.
— Jordynne Grace (@JordynneGrace) July 11, 2022
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