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UPDATED: Clutch Adams Apologizes For Homophobic & Racial Slurs, Details On Recent Tweet

May 31, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

UPDATE: Clutch Adams has issued a statement to 411mania addressing the social media posts that caused AEW and Beyond Wrestling to cut ties with him over due to their use of homophobic and racial slurs. As noted earlier, Beyond Wrestling said that he would not be wrestling for them again due to a now-deleted post he had made, and Cody said that a match featuring him and Shawn Spears scheduled for this week’s AEW Dark had been removed after being notified of old tweets from 2013.

411 has acquired a screenshot of the tweet that Beyond Wrestling was referencing when they said Adams would not wrestle for them again. You can see the screenshot of the tweet below, in which Adams said that he would “never get booked” for the company because “[I’m] not butt buddies with the promoter and [you’ve] got people in his ear telling him I’m a ‘bad guy’ just like the rest of these wack ass indies.”

Adams’ statement, which you can read in full below, expresses regret and apologizes for the posts, saying that he was “ignorant to the pain that those words could cause people” at the time of the 2013 posts when he was 19. As for the recent post, which was made yesterday, he says it was “no way meant as a gay slur” and that he simply thought of it as slang for “being close or tight with someone.”

Adams goes on to apologize to AEW, Beyond Wrestling, PPW where he has worked, and Monster Factory where he trained, as well as his family, wrestling fans and those offended.

I am sitting here at my computer staring and trying to come up with the words that best describe how devastated and horrible I am feeling right now.

The best that I can come up with is that I am truly sorry. I am sorrier than I have ever been about anything in my life.

When I wrote those original tweets seven years ago, I was a 19-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 that those words could cause people. In 2013, it was meant to be locker room trash talk that I felt was OK to use in that 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.

The recent tweet where I mentioned, “I’m not butt buddies with the promoter,” was in no way meant as a gay slur. That term, as I know it, is slang for being close or tight with someone. The notion that a slang term could also be viewed in a negative light never occurred to me. I deeply regret it. If I ever thought it would be taken in an offensive way, I never would have written it. I am extremely sorry and apologize to anyone who read those tweets and was offended by those tweets.

I am a 27-year-old father of a soon to be 3-year-old girl. She is my life, and my world. All I ever wanted to do was to provide for her. To give her a better life. For her to be proud of me. I just want to make her proud. I understand that today, she would not be. That is a pain that will haunt me. That I will have to live with.

I want to apologize to Tony Khan, Cody Rhodes, QT Marshall, and everyone at All Elite Wrestling. You gave me the biggest break in my career. I am truly sorry for the embarrassment that I caused the company and yourselves. I wish you all of the best, and apologize that my mistakes ended our relationship.

I want to apologize to Tony and the wrestlers, staff, and crew at PPW. I always tried to represent the company the way a champion should represent the company. You stood by me, and booked me as your top attraction. I am sorry for the pain I have caused you, and wish we could have departed under better circumstances.

To Beyond Wrestling. I am sorry for lashing out and did not mean to offend your organization with that tweet. If I could take it back, I most certainly would.

To Danny Cage and the Monster Factory, I apologize if those tweets make others look at the school in a negative light. It was a great place to learn how to wrestle. I will always be grateful. I am sorry.

To my fiancé, my daughter, my family, and my friends. You know the real me. You know the person I am. I am sorry for the pain and disappointment this is causing you. I love you all with all of my heart.

To the fans, I am extremely sorry. Clutch Adams was the man you love to hate. He was never meant to be the man you just hated. Aside from my daughter being born, my biggest joy came from entertaining you inside the ring for the last 6 years.

To those who I have offended, I am most sorry to you. I cannot apologize enough.

Thank you,

ORIGINAL: Beyond Wrestling and AEW have cut ties with wrestler Clutch Adams over what appear to be both current and past racist and homophobic tweets. Clutch Adams, who has worked for Beyond and had a match against Shawn Spears taped for this week’s AEW Dark, has both a past history and what appears to be at least one very recent post in which he has made anti-gay statements and used racial slurs.

The whole situation started when Beyond saw a homophobic post from Adams and responded it it, writing, “You’ve wrestled for us a handful of times on tapings but after using homophobic language you’ll never wrestle for us again, that’s for sure. With everything going on in the world do you really think this is the best way to represent yourself today?”

The tweet in question is no longer available, as Adams’ entire Twitter account has been deactivated as well as his Instagram account. However, the URL for the tweet as tagged in the Beyond Wrestling tweet suggests that it was made within the past 24 to 36 hours.

Soon after this, it was noticed that Adams posted a series of tweets in August of 2013 using a homophobic insult in reference to then-NFL quarterback Tony Romo, as well as a replying directly to a Twitter user with a racial slur-riddled insult. A user on Twitter brought the tweets to Cody’s attention, after which Cody said the match for this week’s AEW Dark “has been removed.”

Adams is currently listed as the heavyweight champion for Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling.