In the wake of the #SpeakingOut movement, AEW and Tony Khan suspended Sammy Guevara and Jimmy Havoc. They were two very different situations and now Khan has discussed the decision. A clip from 2016 emerged of Guevara saying he wanted to rape Sasha Banks, a comment both he and Banks have released statements for.
Havoc was another story. Stories emerged that he had been verbally and physically abusive towards ex-girlfriends, which resulted in action from AEW.
Khan was recently interviewed by the New York Post where he discussed the suspensions of both stars. Here is the quote:
“I suspended them both. Very different situations. I just needed to address both. We are addressing both. I think Jimmy really needed the counseling. If and when he were to wrestle again, the most important thing for himself and everybody here is that he sought treatment and counseling. When he asked for that help, we’re gonna help him.”
Regarding the comments of Sammy Guevara, Khan had this to say:
“I think the right thing to do was to suspend him. The comments he made were horrible. I can’t defend them. I can’t even comment on them because they’re unspeakably bad. He has also done a different kind of counseling and he’s in a different kind of counseling and it’s a different kind of coaching. Everybody here, male and female pretty much up and down the roster we talked to felt like Sammy had no history of this kind of behavior.
Really people were shocked Sammy had said that. Certainly, it’s an old clip. I think the video was four years old, I had never seen that video and it’s something I would have addressed with him before Sammy started here. I never had an opportunity to address it because I didn’t know it existed and neither did anybody else or if they did nobody told us. For both of them, we really needed to address the situation before talking about what to do in the future afterward.”
Once Khan had enough information, he made the decision to suspend them both.
“I didn’t want to rush into making a decision on either person, so it felt like until I had all the facts suspending was the right thing to do. Then I could make whatever the right decision is. I knew the right decision wasn’t for those guys to just come to TV and not address this stuff.”
Neither has been on television since the allegations came out. Havoc had been in a tag team with Kip Sabien while Guevara was a part of the highly successful Inner Circle faction with Chris Jericho.
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