WWE got involved in another controversy with NXT Athlete Jordan Myles accusing them of using the stereotypical use of Blackface mask on his T-Shirt design. Below is the total account of everything that has happened ever since the controversy came to light.
- Jordan Myles tweeted that WWE will regret about this design on his T-Shirt. He tweeted, “I will keep posting this till my voice is heard. I’m not sorry for anything I say or do. Representation is important. If this is Vince McMahon & Triple H’s “vision” of me then this is a slap in the face to EVERY African American performer, fan, and supporter.”
He also asked for everyone’s support by changing their profile picture to black and white and use #ForTheCulture trend. Cedric Alexander, Pretty Boy Smooth, AJ Gray, O’Shay Edwards and other wrestlers joined this online movement. Plenty of other fans also changed their profiles as well.
2. WWE released a statement saying, “Albert Hardie Jr. (aka Jordan Myles) approved this t-shirt for sale. As always, we work collaboratively with all of our performers to develop logos and merchandise designs and get their input and approval before proceeding. This was the same process with Albert, and we responded swiftly once he later requested that the logo/t-shirt be redesigned. No t-shirts were sold.”
3. Jordan Myles then said that he only saw the design on a white sheet. He later explained that he approved the design even though he was uncomfortable about it.
4. Myles then went on a rampage and took ROH and its management also in the firing line. He called Jay Lethal an “Uncle Tom.” Then he compared himself to Tupac before calling Kofi Kingston “Martin Luther Kingston.” Those tweets were not received very favorably by fans. When fans called for Myles to apologize to Jay Lethal, he replied saying: “I won’t take back anything I’ve said. If I said it.. I meant it.” He did delete those tweets about Lethal and ROH after the backlash.
5. Mike Johnson, on PW Insider Elite audio, reported that Jordan Myles has not been seen at the WWE Performance Center in weeks. He has also been absent from NXT live events and television tapings. Some even thought he had gone back to Texas.
6. Some websites and journalists began to claim that Vince McMahon is thinking about releasing Myles from the WWE contract after this controversy.
7. During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Jordan Myles’ situation and him being away from NXT. He said that Myles is still with the company, but he was able to upset a lot of people in the process.