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Nash Carter Apologises Over Controversial Photo

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Former NXT star Nash Carter has issued a public apology following his firing from WWE over a controversial photo from several years ago resurfacing online.

Nash Carter was released from his WWE contract back in April while still a reigning NXT Tag Team Champion. The release came after Carter’s estranged wife, Kimber Lee, took to social media with a number of now-deleted posts, claiming that she had been going through hell since October. She later explained that the abuse led to her almost taking her own life. The IMPACT Wrestling star said that she had hidden Carter’s abuse in “hopes of keeping a career.”

Kimber Lee followed up by sharing images of herself that she alleges were taken after Carter had “split [her] lip open.” Lee also shared a disturbing image which apparently shows Nash Carter giving a Nazi salute.

Dave Meltzer speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio at the time commented that it was the photo of Carter imitating Hitler that had led to his firing:

“In NXT, from what I have heard, the decision to fire him was not well-taken. Because I think people liked him and everything like that. The (Hitler) photo was when he was 19 years old, and it was the photo that got him sacked from the company.”

Now under his real name of Zachary Green, Carter has released a statement on social media, apologising for his actions.

“A statement by Zachary Green.”

“No words can truly describe how ashamed and apologetic I am for my conduct in the photograph. There is no excuse for such behaviour and I take full responsibility for my actions and ask for forgiveness. This picture was taken in 2015, a time where I was uneducated on the topic and therefore didn’t understand the magnitude of how hurtful it was.”

In 2020 someone was trying to extort me by threatening to post it on social media. I sent it to my wife to discuss the situation. Apparently, she kept it and then decided in retaliation for the filing of the divorce to post it to social media. Regardless of how the photograph came to light, there is still no excuse for my actions.”

“Over the past month I have taken time to reflect on my conduct to which I express my utmost remorse and regret. I have spent time off social media to refresh and re-educate myself about the horrors of the Holocaust. I truly hope that this situation will teach and bring awareness to the horrific tragedy that took place so that something like this will never happen again. I can assure you that this is not who I am or what I represent as a human being, and I feel it is never too late to educate and better yourself.”

“If you are ever in the Orlando/Maitland area, take some time to visit the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida where you can learn about the history and depth of what took place. It was an incredibly eye-opening, and impactful experience that teaches the importance of this history.”