One of the main allegations was from former Impact wrestler Sienna/Allysin Kay, who said, “Remember when you spat in a black woman’s face and called her the N-word in Japan? Was that you ‘supporting women’? The AUDACITY of this tweet.”
Remember when you spat in a black woman’s face and called her the N-word in Japan? Was that you “supporting women“? The AUDACITY of this tweet https://t.co/P49uNWsqIH
— Allysin Kay (@Sienna) January 11, 2020
The allegation was backed up by the wrestler in question, La Rosa Negra, who said that the incident happened in Japan in 2017, though she has now deleted her original tweet.
On Saturday, Tessa responded by saying, “not true. That’s my statement and the most attention I’ll give it because of how actually ridiculous it is.”
But today she posted a longer response further denying the allegation:
I hope everyone will take a moment to read this. pic.twitter.com/gRPUlCYd6a
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) January 17, 2020
“Over the last week I have been accused of calling a fellow wrestler a racial slur. To read this allegation has been personally upsetting. To be clear, I absolutely did not use that word. That word is not in my vocabulary. That word is not in my heart. Racism is not in my heart.
Yet I know many people have to deal with racism in a way I will never have to. Racism is an awful part of American history, and it is equally awful that its still part of our society today. While I did not do what was claimed, I stand ready to use my platform to support the fight against racism however I can.”
Blanchard won the Impact World Championship the following night (Sunday) at Impact’s Hard to Kill PPV.