Pro-Wrestler Bully Ray Goes on Anti-Gay Tirade, Video Goes Viral
A video of a pro-wrestler caught on camera shouting an anti-gay slur to a fan has gone viral and it’s making its rounds around the blogosphere.
TNA Wrestling world heavyweight champion Bully Ray was caught using homophobic slurs on camera at an Impact Wrestling taping in Chicago on March 14, according to the Bleacher Report.
In the video, Bully Ray can be heard calling a person in the crowd a “faggot” and “frickin’ queer.” At the six-minute mark, Bully Ray and his Aces and Eights team member leave the ring after a fight with other wrestlers. Bully Ray confronts one fan before turning to another fan at 6:17 and says, “Sit down, faggot.”
He then goes on to say, “You invented fags you fag,” and “I’m punking you, you frickin’ queer.”
Following the episode, Bully Ray took to his Twitter feed on March 18 to express his regret and to apologize:
Made an inappropriate comment to a fan in Chicago.If anyone was offended by this…I do apologize.No harm was meant.
— Bully Ray (@REALBully5150) March 18, 2013
TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter chimed in as well saying Bully Ray’s comments are not welcomed by TNA Wrestling:
Heard @realbully5150 made inappropriate comments to a fan in Chicago. This will not be tolerated. Sincere apologies on behalf of TNA.
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) March 18, 2013
Bully Ray rose to fame with his previous work in World Wrestling Entertainment and Extreme Championship Wrestling as Bubba Ray Dudley.
Whether or not Carter says Bully Ray’s comments will not be tolerated, this isn’t the first instance a professional wrestler was caught using gay slurs. WWE wrestler CM Punk was caught calling a fan a homo and WWE commentator Michael Cole called coworker Josh Matthews a faggot on Twitter.
Because of Michael Cole’s comments, the WWE and GLAAD formed a partnership to put an end to bullying based on a person’s sexual orientation.
Not to be outdone by their competitors, TNA Wrestling has had their fair share of other controversies. Wrestler Jeff Hardy has had numerous run in’s with the law due to drugs, and Hulk Hogan is reported to be in a new sex tape.
An email and tweet to TNA Wrestling have not been answered.
WATCH: Bully Ray calling a fan a faggot.