NXT’s Jordan Myles made headlines over the weekend when he spoke out about one of WWE’s t-shirt designs, calling its apparent Sambo influence a, “slap in the face to every African-American performer, fan, and supporter.” WWE issued a statement saying Myles had approved the design, which resulted in Myles sharing e-mails to the contrary, posting a video claiming WWE doesn’t care about black people, and throwing Ring of Honor’s Jay Lethal under the bus.
On Tuesday, Myles followed up his earlier statements with an Instagram post addressing how and why he was “completely disrespectful” and “unprofessional,” nothing that he’d been “lied to, used, and often mistreated,” and declaring that, “no man or woman will stop me from being honest.” You can read the full post below.
My tweets yesterday were completely disrespectful and were unprofessional. I have offend a ton of people and used anger to fuel me.
With that being said.. I’d like to take this time to state an apologize for not giving a shit about what others think of me. The anger I have inside of me has been built up for years now. Call me what you want, but you’ll never EVER be able to call me fake. I’ve been lied too, used, and often mistreated by others who I viewed as associates. I’ve tipped toe around, kept quiet, even took some Ls when necessary. Emotionally charged up due to the shirt which triggered past emotions. I’m never going to be sorry for being me nor will I take back my words. I’m the damn professional wrestler in the WORLD & universe today. My ribs are touching and I’m tired of waiting. Time to snatch plates from those that have been eating far too long and always gets seconds while guys like myself have to eat crumbs from the floor like an unwanted child.
For 4 years .. I gave my all to a promotion only to find out that you could only reach so high just as long as you didn’t surpass certain “people”.. I never begged for anything, I never kissed no ass, nor did rub elbows with the right ppl to get ahead. I HUSTTLED, WORKED HARD. I didn’t call Hunter everyday to get booked in New Japan (s/o to NJPW) I earned it. I’ve always wanted to be “The Guy” and of no one will allow me to be in that spot.. I shall blaze my own trail to that spot rather it be by the approval of others or not. Today i shall continue to go the distance. Today I shall Lee moving forward. Today I shall rise up from my past ashes like a Dark Phoenix and promote change in this industry. Remember these words I AM THE BEST IN THE WORLD! AND NO MAN OR WOMAN WILL STOP ME FROM BEING HONEST. GO THE DISTANCE… #MylesAhead #ForTheCulture
Fellow African-American WWE employees have begun sharing their opinion of the matter, including this tweet from Titus O’Neil.
@GoGoMyles I AM 100% in agreement that the shirt is very Distasteful.
That being said, bringing others into this to vent your frustrations or Issues THAT HAVE NOTHING to do with @WWE or the shirt is also very Distasteful. If it’s #ForTheCulture Don’t attack those in it!! 👊🏿✊🏿
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) October 28, 2019
Booker T also addressed the controversy on his podcast, saying that it’s, “not our job to step up and defend Jordan Myles over his t-shirt.”
“One thing I can say about t-shirts, is it’s not a good looking t-shirt, alright? It’s an ugly shirt, all right. I can say that. The t-shirt has a black background to it. Now, 90% of the t-shirts that are made got a black background to it. Did it look like blackface? Maybe some people on social media said that. There’s a lot of negative people on social media that’s looking for anything that they can possibly find to make racial, first and foremost. It happens all the time. Therefore, is it a racially driven concept of a t-shirt? Me personally, in 2019, I cannot think that the guys actually went into it thinking ‘let’s make a racial shirt about Jordan Myles.’ Me personally … a lot of people may think that, but I just don’t think the firestorm is worth going through this. It’s just not.
“So therefore, is it something that should’ve been discussed? Is it something that should’ve been talked about? Yes, but this going to social media crap is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. You can be working at Jack in the Box and if something happens, you want to go to social media and talk about it. Your business and your job is your business with that company. It’s not for the world to come in. I don’t know when is the last time somebody on social media signed my check.”
We’ll keep you updated on any further developments in the story.