Tessa Blanchard Releases Statement About Recent Allegations, Denies Using Racial Slur

Tessa Blanchard released a statement about the recent allegations against her and denied all claims. Blanchard noted that she is ready to use her platform to fight against racism.

Just one day before Tessa Blanchard took on Sami Callihan for the IMPACT World Championship at IMPACT Wrestling’s ‘Hard To Kill’ pay-per-view, Tessa tweeted out that women should be supporting one another. That tweet led to Allysin Kay quote tweeting Blanchard and asking Tessa does she remember spitting in a black woman’s face and calling her the n-word in Japan. The likes of Chelsea Green, Priscilla Kelly, Isla Dawn, Rebel, Shanna, Mia Yim, Renee Michelle and Kavita Devi all shared their respective interactions with Blanchard and brought up her alleged bully-like nature. La Rosa Negra, who Allysin Kay was referring to in her initial tweet came forward and confirmed the story as well.

The next day, Tessa went on to become the first woman to win the IMPACT World Championship and the news from the previous day lingered over her victory. Blanchard took to social media recently and released a statement about the allegations and denied using the racial slur. She noted that the n-word is not in her vocabulary and racism is not in her heart.

“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’s equally awful that it’s 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.”

The claims against Blanchard and her title win was discussed during the latest episode of the ‘A Keep It 2000’ podcast which can be heard at this link.

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