Clutch Adams Apologizes For ‘Trash Talk’ Tweets Following AEW Dark Removal
During this most unusual and difficult time, All Elite Wrestling has continued to bring in more notable “local talent” than you might expect. Whether it’s on Dark or Dynamite, these young prospects have lost their livelihoods thanks to the indefinite closure of the independent scene and giving them a place to ply their craft and some TV/YouTube exposure is most commendable. However, hiring outside of your known talent pool always comes a certain level of “risk”, and that came to fruition over the weekend when older racist tweets emerged from a wrestler scheduled to appear on AEW Dark.
Cody responded immediately to the tweets and cut the match from tomorrow’s episode, and now the wrestler in question has released a statement. Clutch Adams, who debuted earlier this month in a loss to QT Marshall on Dark, issued a full statement apologizing for his past self.
When I wrote those original tweets seven years ago, I was a 20-year-old kid. I was trash-talking friends about a football game on Twitter. At that point in time, I was ignorant to the pain those words could cause people. In 2013, it was meant to be locker room trash talk that I felt was OK to use int hat context. Now I know differently. I was not a hateful person back then, as I am not a hateful person today. I was stupid and ignorant. Plain and simple, no excuses.
I am deeply sorry. pic.twitter.com/Cl4HDnxSkJ
— Clutch Adams™ (@Clutch__Adams) May 31, 2020
The apology also reaches out to AEW, Beyond Wrestling, his training home The Monster Factory, and Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling. Clutch was PPW’s World Champion before this weekend, but the organization has removed him from the roster and stripped him of his title following the weekend’s events.