A recent tweet from Cody Hall has prompted him to be pulled from upcoming DDT Pro-Wrestling shows.
A couple of days ago, Hall posted a tweet replying to Chris Dickinson's picture that he posted, uttering racially insensitive comments.
“Cody no" pic.twitter.com/vTkhSvSesv— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) February 9, 2020
As such, DDT announced that Hall won't be in the company's upcoming shows and that there will be changes to those cards as a result. DDT stated in its statement, which can be seen below, that Hall has apologized to the company.
[Announcement Regarding Cody Hall]
Thank you for your support for DDT Pro-Wrestling.
Cody Hall has recently made an inappropriate comment on Twitter, and we have contacted him regarding this situation. Cody Hall has apologized to us, and has also suggested withdrawing himself from the remaining dates of his tour as well as relinquishing his Anytime Anywhere contract. In light of the gravity of his comments, we have agreed to all of his suggestions above.
All announced cards including Cody Hall will be changed, and the scheduled KO-D Tag Championship Match in Nagoya on February 24 will be cancelled. All updated cards will be announced once they are decided.
DDT Pro-Wrestling will keep working to provide pro-wrestling content that can be enjoyed by the fans. We sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this situation, as well as all of our fans.
Hall has also gone to Twitter and apologized for the remarks.
Below is his statement [edited for clarity].
"It's come to my attention a joke I tried to make has been misconstrued. I certainly seem to be bad at Twitter, but I thought I'd try to explain myself at the very least because I hate to hear people are upset.
I made a comment based on a picture I saw of a fellow wrestler with a young Japanese girl, he seemed to have a big smile on his face and this prompted me to say, 'Forget Corona Virus, he's got the yellow fever."
In my head, it was just playful and silly and trying to be friends with another wrestler. I myself have dated a Japanese woman for 5 years while also living in Japan full time.
I love Japan and its people more than anywhere in the world, and I'm sorry I did anything other than say just that. And I don't think I'll be tweeting much more anytime soon, so I'd like to go out with a sincere apology.
What I said was rude and a sensitive time, and I'm sorry to anyone offended and I thank them for letting me know.
Unfortunately, I often learn things the hard way, but all I can do is try to explain myself and learn, change and never do it again. I hope this makes sense, and once again I'm sorry to anyone involved."