AEW president and CEO Tony Khan has commented on bringing Sammy Guevara back from suspension on last night’s AEW Dynamite.
Guevara was suspended on June 22 for insensitive comments he made about WWE’s Sasha Banks on a podcast in 2016, and was put onto a sensitivity training course.
Last night he returned in disguise as Serpentico, then unmasking himself to reveal he was back to end the show.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Tony Khan said:
“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. 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. I meant what I said about re-evaluating his status with the company based on his conduct. 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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