Brian Kendrick has apologised for controversial comments he made regarding the Holocaust.
On February 1st it was reported that Brian Kendrick had been released by WWE. Not only that, he would be making his debut with AEW on the February 2nd episode of Dynamite against Jon Moxley.
However, a little over an hour before the show, the match was cancelled. In a post on social media, AEW President Tony Khan said that the decision had been made in light of “abhorrent and offensive” comments made by Kendrick a decade ago.
At the time Kendrick discussed a number of conspiracy theories involving the Illuminati, Jews and Zionists. He had also previously made comments regarding conspiracies surrounding 9/11, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as holding controversial views on the Holocaust.
While Kendrick issued an apology when his comments re-emerged, in a new interview with Duke Loves Rasslin, he reiterated his remorse over the situation. Kendrick said that at the time he had been trying to create a buzz, before adding that he was sorry.
“Back then, I was trying to create some sort of buzz and I didn’t care who I offended. When it gets thrown back in your face, one, it’s embarrassing, two, you’re forced to reflect on it. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being so cold-hearted and trying to profit off of tragedy. I suppose that’s what it was. I was trying to gain off of other’s tragedies but making conspiracies and creating a buzz for myself to gain bookings. It was a terrible idea. Even if it hadn’t affected anybody, it’s horribly embarrassing. I am sorry for anybody…to people I hurt, for making light of stuff that happened to them or their family. I hope you accept that,”
Kendrick went on to reveal the steps that he has taken to show remorse and educate himself further.
“A friend of mine recommended Survivor Mitzvah. I recommend that too. Seems to be an honest charity where the money goes directly to. My actions, as far as hoping to be kinder, if it’s a question of understanding the tragedies of the past, the truth is, I understood all that long ago, prior to these statements.
Years ago, as part of WWE, Beth Phoenix and I went to Dachau. As a teenager, I went to the holocaust museum with my grandfather. I know these things. It hasn’t dawned on me that these tragedies might have happened, it’s stuff I knew. What I was doing was, trying to profit off of that and trying to become a villain who would make light of such tragedy. It’s a disgusting thing to do and I did it.”
The former WWE star went on to discuss what he had learned from the situation, and what advice he would give to anyone in a similar position.
“This has been a big lesson in hubris and humility. Anybody who goes through this same experience, saying some horrible things, having to come back at the right time to affect you, I think they’ll figure out that the little bits of kindness that you receive become so special and you really start to lose any judgment towards other people. If somebody were to say something, you know not to take them seriously, their actions, you can look at them. once you’ve made these kinds of mistakes and are forced to dwell on them, you can forgive people pre-emptively. Any advice I would give is, try to do that without having to go through this,”
Brian Kendrick hasn’t wrestling since appearing on 205 Live back in October 2020.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.