Professional wrestler Darren Young tweeted criticism of the WWE’s upcoming tour stops in Abu Dhabi, declaring “the struggle is real” to be openly gay in entertainment sports.
Young – the ring name of Fred Rosser – last summer became the first active professional wrestler to come out as gay. He began his rant Tuesday with a since-deleted tweet: “Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like abu dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it #MillionsofDollars,” Fox Sports reported.
Shortly after his first message was deleted, Mr. Rosser tweeted that his “freedom of speech is gone. Gone but not forgotten.”
“I feel like [no one] has my back and it upsets me. The struggle is real. I’m human,” he added.
It was not immediately known if Mr. Rosser was referring to WWE with the “freedom of speech” jab. WWE provided the following statement to SB Nation Tuesday evening:
“WWE does not discriminate against individuals regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we continue to proudly support Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young) for being open about his sexuality.
“Unfortunately, WWE cannot change cultures and laws around the world, and thus we did not send Fred Rosser to the United Arab Emirates for our upcoming events for his own protection.
“WWE also fully supports Fred Rosser’s right to express his views on personal social media accounts rather than WWE’s corporate platforms.”