AEW star Austin Gunn has issued a candid apology following the resurfacing of offensive social media posts made when he was a teenager.
Austin Gunn has been part of AEW since January 2020 mainly teaming with his brother Colten and his father, WWE Hall Of Famer Billy Gunn.
Now Austin Gunn has taken to social media with a more serious message after deeply troubling tweets made when Gunn was 17 have come to light. Gunn issued an unreserved apology for his past remarks:
“Extremely insensitive tweets/replies I made when I was 17 years old in 2013 have been brought to my attention. I don’t have the words to describe how I’m feeling right now. There is no excuse for it, and I am deeply sorry.”
“I majored in Elementary Education in college, and throughout that process, I took multiple meetings dealing with sensitivity, how to treat others, and to understand the severity of actions and words (which cannot be un-done once they happen). All I ask is that you do not judge me solely on these tweets, but on the man I’ve become and that I am constantly trying to get better.”
“I am someone that always wants to maintain a positive energy, support any/everyone, and not judge them based off the color of their skin, or any other proxy. I’m addressing this mistake because it’s important to point out things that you learn from and to take ownership of your failings. And, I am learning everyday.”
“I know the term ‘people make mistakes’ gets thrown out with truly any meaning behind it. I am trying to become a better version of myself. For that reason, and to make progress towards being the man I want to be, I apologize to anyone I’ve hurt with these tweets. To the wrestlers in the back, to the fans around the world, to everyone, I am so sorry.”
“AEW regularly provides excellent sensitivity programs that I have attended multiple times. I want to continue to learn from my mistakes, improve my view on the world, and strive to be a person my parents would be proud of. I was not raised this way, I do not condone this behavior or the use of these words, and I am extremely sorry. Thank you for reading this. Austin Sopp.”
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— Austin Gunn (@theaustingunn) November 25, 2021
Gunn was ringside for Billy and Colten’s bout against Bear Country on the most recent edition of AEW Dynamite. The Gunn Club won that bout before being confronted by Sting and Darby Allin.