This week on AEW Dark, fans will be seeing one less match than originally intended. Shawn Spears was set to face up and coming indy wrestler Clutch Adams. Clutch Adams was previously seen on AEW Dark when he would lose to QT Marshall, with this being his second match for the company. It was taped last week, but will likely never be seen by anyone outside of the AEW staff. This is because his match was removed from the broadcast following racist and homophobic tweets being brought to light.
Clutch Adams Had Old Tweets Dug Up
In a series of tweets from seven years ago, Clutch Adams would drop several homophobic & racist slurs, something which was brought to the attention of Cody Rhodes, Tony Khan & Kenny Omega. Being asked if this was someone that AEW is going to actually promote, when they are a company looking to be all about inclusivity. The reaction to this was mixed, surprisingly. Most would praise Cody & AEW for the quick resolution to this issue, while others would be wondering why someone would dig through this guys Twitter all the way back to 2013. The user who uncovered and brought these tweets to light would not answer this question, despite being asked by many. People change over time, and the promptness of this change to the next episode of AEW Dark would indicate that his match was removed without a chance to explain himself.
Deleting All Evidence
However, suspiscion was added to the situation when Adams would not just delete these offensive tweets, but delete his entire Twitter page. His Instagram remains open at the time of writing, but no statement was made on this contraversy. Being a public figure on the internet in 2020 puts you at risk of this exact situation, with people willing to dig through your public social media accounts to find something from nearly a decade ago to put your career in jeoprady. While he never should have made those statements, AEW should have given him a chance to explain himself instead of just cutting him out instantly. At the same time, we don’t know if these conversations would have happened behind the scenes, we can only hope they did as there is no public indication of this.
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